I'm a Michigan State grad and I'm really disappointed to see it fall apart. It's like conference expansion without actually having to expand! I actually prefer the idea of a challenge game over another conference game since you get a relatively even matchup for everyone instead of the next-in-line conference game that could end up including some blow-outs. I just hope they find a way to still do some of this for other sports. I'd love to see two game (one home/one away) challenge in basketball, actually. As a side note, the reason the B1G wanted all 12 Pac-12 teams is because they didn't want to lose out on the big names from the Pac while the B1G was providing access to everyone. Maybe a mid- to lower-tier arrangement could still be worked out.
To those of you who have suggested a B1G/ SEC arrangement, I'm fully on-board. One thing to remember, the Big Ten was looking to get away from the multiple B1G/SEC bowl games to get bowls against other conferences. After seeing my team in three or four Jan 1 bowl games in Florida against SEC teams, it's tough to get excited about another one of those. That's nothing against the SEC, but it's just not as special. I could see replacing some of the bowl games with the SEC with a regular season arrangement. I just hope it goes beyond football only. Line up some olympic sport matchups as a lead-up to the football game! And play a two game challenge in basketball, too! I wanna see Michigan State and Ohio State playing Kentucky and Florida! And if you SEC fans want out of the baseball challenge, we'd totally understand. It's not like we really watch our baseball anyway. Or maybe we can be a warm-up non-con for you or something.
@DanHogan I also would prefer more regular season games as opposed to the same general order of things for the bowl games. It's fairly predictable which teams will be in those games from year to year. There's a lot more freedom in the regular season.