Skull Session: Big Ten Might Nix Divisions, Ohio State Led Nation in NIL, and EJ Liddell Plays Like an All-American

The good news is that there is a basketball game today! The bad news is Ohio State power must play it without its two top point guards.

Personally, I hope that at least one of them is able to play, because I sincerely believe that the team is better off with a point guard than it is without one. Respect my opinion!

Word of the day: Moiety.

GOODBYE, DIVISIONS? The Big Ten has been split into two divisions since the Leaders and Legends days began back in 2011, but it looks like the era may be coming to an end.

The future College Football Playoff format could have a big impact on whether Big Ten eliminates divisions or changes the number of its annual conference games, Iowa athletics director Gary Barta told The Athletic.

The Big Ten currently has East and West divisions and plays a nine-game conference schedule that includes three cross-division matches. Big Ten administrators have discussed dropping to eight matches from 2023 so it can create matchups with teams from the Pac-12 and ACC conferences that the trio have a working event with called The Alliance.

There are also serious discussions about the Big Ten ending the division game with schools playing three opponents annually and cycling through the other 10 teams either every two years or two years after, two years after.

Personally, I’m extremely down, especially if you do Ohio State’s three annual opponents Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin (though I would also settle for an annual Illibuck).

Either way, a good portion of conference games is pretty useless. I can only see Ohio State insert Rutgers so many times. If we can get one of them out and replace it with an exciting non-conference matchup with pretty much everyone in either ACC of the Pac-12, it’s more interesting.

All in all, as a noted lover of college football, I’m a big fan of everything, creating more games that I’m very interested in watching, while limiting the games I’m not so interested in watching. And I think this achieves that.

NOT ALL-AMERICAN. EJ Liddell has had himself an All-American season so far, checking in as one of five first-team All-Americans on Athletics mid-season All-American team.

Midseason All-America team
First team

Johnny Davis, Wisconsin *

Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky

Ochai Agbaji, Kansas

Drew Timme, Gonzaga

EJ Liddell, Ohio State

This is what happens when you average 19 points, seven rebounds and almost three blocks in a match while being the most versatile player on the field. It has been quite difficult to deny that he is one of the best players in the country.

But not for everyone, obviously …

All-American, but not the first team All-Big Ten, huh? Hi, if there is one year that is going to happen, then it is this year.

GET THE MONEY. NIL is here to stay and it will have a massive impact on the recruitment and student-athlete experience. The schools that get it are going to thrive.

The good news: we’re a year in, and Ohio State is already doing better than anyone else.

A total of 220 Ohio State University student-athletes have participated in 608 reported NIL activities worth a total of $ 2.98 million in compensation value – the leading nation in all three categories, according to Opendorse, the Nebraska-based company hired by the Buckeyes for to help athletes maximize NIL earnings potential.

To be fair, the figure is $ 2.98 million is a bit skewed by Quinn Ewers’ $ 1 million deal, which is quite convenient to include in the total when he is no longer part of the team.

On the other hand, he came specifically to Ohio State to make that money, so it makes all the sense to be included in Ohio State’s total amount.

RUNNING IT BACK. Carmen’s Crew has not had a deep run in TBT since they won it all in 2019, but they will give it another chance this season and officially join the TBT 2022 field.

This is going to be a pretty new team with Aaron Craft and Jon Diebler now (presumably) retired, but I still want to tune in.

Side note: it’s funny that we’re not that far away from Jae’Sean Tate not even getting an invitation to join this team, and now he’s an NBA starter. Wild.

SONG OF THE DAY. “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven.

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