While the other conferences are playing long after Thanksgiving, Ohio State and their intraconference rivals are all on break, awaiting the BCS season – possibly to their detriment as seen in a few National Championship games.
This has often been a criticism of the league, and Paterno thinks he has the answer: Add another team.
“We go into hiding for six weeks,” Paterno said, referring to the hiatus between the end of the Big Ten regular season and the BCS bowls. The other major FBS conferences play into the first weekend of December. Everybody else is playing playoffs on television,” Paterno said. “You never see a Big Ten team mentioned. So I think that’s a handicap. I’ve tried to talk to the Big Ten people about, ‘Let’s get a 12th team — Syracuse, Rutgers, Pitt — we could have a little bit of a playoff.'”
The B10 is already called the Big Eleven in some circles. I can’t see how a 12th team would hurt, as it wouldn’t exactly be betraying the conference name. It would add another game to the schedule, keep things fresh, and most importantly (per Paterno), keep the conference in front of the eyes of the fan.
So what say you? Add another team? If so, who? If not, why?
Paterno wants 12 teams in league[Ivan Maisal/ESPN]