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Where B1G Stacks Up in Football Recruiting

The college football season is fast approaching, and as a Maryland fan, I could not help but compare B1G's standing on the national level in terms of recruiting.

I gathered data from 247 sports composite on the top 25 recruiting classes from 2010 through 2014 in college football and the results were somewhat surprising. The data is based on current league memberships. For example, I counted Missouri and Texas A&M as part of the SEC even before they made the switch.

2010

SEC: 10

PAC: 5

ACC: 3

B1G: 4

Big12: 2

Other(Notre Dame): 1

2011

SEC: 9

PAC: 5

ACC: 4

B1G: 2

Big12: 4

Other(Notre Dame): 1

2012

SEC: 9

PAC: 5

ACC: 5

B1G: 3

Big12: 2

Other(Notre Dame): 1

2013

SEC: 11

PAC: 4

ACC: 4

B1G: 3

Big12: 2

Other(Notre Dame): 1

2014

SEC: 10

PAC: 5

ACC: 3

B1G: 4

Big12: 2

Other(Notre Dame): 1

Avg. Teams in the Top 25 from 2010 - 2014 (from greatest to least)

SEC: 9.8

PAC: 4.8

ACC: 3.8

B1G: 3.2

Big12: 2.4

Some Observations

  • SEC is going to dominate for the foreseeable future in terms of national championships, recruiting, NFL prospects, etc.
  • PAC is slowly becoming an elite and stable conference with Oregon and Stanford coming very close to a national championship appearance every year (UCLA is on the rise too).
  • Despite the lack of love that ACC receives from the media, it has stayed strong in the past. But, aside from Florida State, Clemson and Miami, the conference appears to be mediocre at best. One thing that is helping ACC the most is that a large chunk of 4 and 5 stars kids are now coming from the ACC territory.
  • B1G gets a lot of love from the media because of its large stadiums and the iconic Ohio State - Michigan and Michigan - Michigan State rivalries. It is somewhat of an overrated conference that is slowly losing steam. Aside from Ohio State and Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin will help to keep the conference respectable.
  • Big12 needs a spark plain and simple. It's hard to imagine a conference that has a stronghold in the states of Texas, Oklahoma and others in the Mid West to struggle so mightily in football. Texas will soon be back to prominence to join Baylor, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. But, schools like Texas Tech and TCU need to step up.

Anyone still thinks Maryland will get demolished in the B1G?

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