The Big Ten, of course, actually has 12 schools after Nebraska joined in 2011. Penn State became the 11th school in 1993. Before that the conference featured the same 10 teams - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin - since 1953.
If this happens, it will have a major effect on the conference. But none on the new Big Ten hockey conference set to begin next season. Neither Maryland nor Rutgers fields varsity hockey.
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Penn State rallied to upset Wisconsin and win the conference title and its ninth consecutive game. This winning streak began Oct. 1 against the Gophers in a game that was one minute away from becoming Penn State's third loss in five games.