Now that another Big Ten/ACC Challenge has gone horribly wrong for the good guys (thanks again Wisconsin, Purdue, Penn State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Indiana!) I think we should perhaps shift our focus to a sport where such a challenge would really make some waves. How about a Big Ten/SEC Challenge weekend in football.
Set aside one weekend where all 11 Big Ten teams and 11 of the 12 members of the SEC would square off-- say, the third week of the season. You would obviously need to start this a few years in the future, but I can't imagine this being anything other than just a huge
Just for fun, here's one proposed set of pairings. I would think doing it a couple years in a row (home-and-home) would be a good idea.
Of course, this would all be contingent on someone from the SEC actually playing a non-conference game somewhere outside the south and against living, breathing competition, no less. I'm pretty sure would violate their league charter.
Ohio State vs. Florida (I would have to stop reading EDSBS
for a week)
Michigan vs. LSU (Les Miles' job interview)
Penn State vs. Georgia (Would have been Tennessee, but I think everyone is sick of Wisconsin playing Georgia)
Wisconsin vs. Tennessee (A perfect matchup of fat, somewhat unlikeable coaches until Alvarez retired)
Iowa vs. Auburn (Not looking good because of Iowa's tendency to dump stupid OOC games)
Purdue vs. Alabama
Michigan State vs. Ole Miss
Minnesota vs. Arkansas
Illinois vs. Mississippi State (How did they possibly make a BCS bowl in the last decade vs. How did they possibly make the Final Four in the last decade)
Indiana vs. Kentucky (they play this one already)
Northwestern vs. Vanderbilt (Nerd Bowl)
I left out South Carolina, because the Big Ten always used to leave out a couple mid-level teams when the ACC had only nine teams.
These pairings are based more on success over the span of the last decade or so, so a few would have been mismatches this year.
My guess as to how it would have shaken out this year (ignoring homefield for the moment)
Ohio State beats Florida (1-0 Big Ten)
LSU beats Michigan (1-1)
Penn State beats Georgia (2-1 Big Ten)
Wisconsin beats Tennessee (3-1 Big Ten)
Auburn beats Iowa (3-2)
Alabama beats Purdue (3-3)
Michigan State beats Ole Miss (4-3 Big Ten)
Minnesota beats Arkansas (5-3 Big Ten)
Mississippi State beats Illinois (5-4 Big Ten)
Indiana beats Kentucky (6-4 Big Ten)
Vanderbilt beats Northwestern (6-5 Big Ten)