It is no secret the Big Ten is committed to spreading its reach. Traditionally a Midwest conference, the Big Ten dove into the Great Plains in 2011 to pull in Nebraska as its 12th member. This past summer, East Coast schools Maryland and Rutgers joined the nation's oldest athletic conference.
To display this growth, the Big Ten unveiled a commercial showing off the geography. The 40-second bit takes viewers into and out of the college towns and cities included in the Big Ten. Such cities as Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, which do not actually have teams located in the urban city limits, are prominently featured.
A YouTube user named Tom McGrath created a remix of the commercial to the 'Game of Thrones' theme music. The map scenario is eerily similar to the 'Game of Thrones' intro.
The tone is much darker than the first cut, but maybe the Big Ten could use the intimidation factor against SEC opponents.
Although the commercial made an appearance on television during every Big Ten opening game this weekend, the 'Games of Thrones' version is holding its own on YouTube. On Monday night, the Big Ten's upload had garnered about 3,600 views. Tom McGrath's version had more 5,600.
George R.R. Martin, the writer of the 'Game of Thrones' books and co-executive producer of the television series, is actually no stranger to the Big Ten. Martin attended Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism where he earned a B.S. in 1970 and an M.S. in 1971.
The 65-year-old Wildcat could have helped with Northwestern's plot on Saturday. The team lost its opener to Cal, 31-24, at home.