How would disbanding divisions in Big Ten football affect Wisconsin?

MADISON – As a player at Wisconsin, Chris McIntosh performed during an era in which football divisions were not on the Big Ten’s radar.

The Big Ten was comprised of just 11 teams back then. Nebraska was still in the Big 12, Maryland was in the ACC and Rutgers was in the Big East.

When McIntosh replaced Barry Alvarez as UW’s athletic director last summer, the Big Ten had used a divisional system to crown its football champion for 10 seasons.

With the NCAA’s Division I Council ruling Wednesday that conferences no longer need to use divisions to hold a title game, it is possible the Big Ten could move to eliminate its divisions.

“Divisions are one of those things that are up for debate right now,” McIntosh said. “In terms of what is best for Wisconsin? I am a believer that we’ll play whoever is on our schedule and we’ll compete for a championship, whether that is with divisions or without divisions.”

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