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Old 11-12-2014, 01:53 PM
 
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Big 10 has been struggling for some time. It's sad to see the Michigan football program regress as far as it has. Other conference teams are dropping games that would have been won easily years ago. I can't put my finger on it but am wondering if weather has anything to do with recruiting players. Some of the schools have tougher academic standards (if they actually apply to athletes in practice) that could hinder decisions to come.

Depends on the school, but Wisconsin has had several commits the pass few years not actually come because they couldn't get into the school. They meet NCAA eligibility requirements, but not the school's. They're lower for athletes, but they still exist. Lots of schools don't have such rules.
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Old 11-16-2014, 07:08 PM
 
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I too have been wondering wether the B1G and ACC should be considered power conferences anymore..
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Maybe they should have a Power conference challenge one week during the first few weeks like the do in basketball. Say the ACC played the BIG top to bottom in week 3....or with the SEC or PAC12 in alternating years. In numbers were uneven then the bottom teams from previous year look for independents.
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Old 11-20-2014, 04:38 PM
 
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Imagine if TCU or Mississippi had to come to Minnesota to play last weekend? On a dry, warmer field, OSU would have beat MN by 30. The weather is a great equalizer.

This weekend, many in the midwest are going to be playing in 40 degrees and rain. You simply cannot build a team like those 2 mentioned above and play in that kind of weather this time of yyear
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Old 11-22-2014, 06:42 PM
 
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Imagine if TCU or Mississippi had to come to Minnesota to play last weekend? On a dry, warmer field, OSU would have beat MN by 30. The weather is a great equalizer.

This weekend, many in the midwest are going to be playing in 40 degrees and rain. You simply cannot build a team like those 2 mentioned above and play in that kind of weather this time of yyear
That's the thing about the BIG, you have to play the last 3-4 games in cold or rainy weather quite often. Tougher to run the spread offense when its 30 and snowing. Power football still has a hold in the Midwest.
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Old 11-24-2014, 12:34 PM
 
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That's the thing about the BIG, you have to play the last 3-4 games in cold or rainy weather quite often. Tougher to run the spread offense when its 30 and snowing. Power football still has a hold in the Midwest.
It's not about the weather. It is about sham amateurism. College football is a total joke as to amateurism where coaches and administrators are paid hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars and many recruits barely have the remedial skills necessary to make it to college and are encouraged just get by to be eligible in joke degree programs.

The Texas, Florida and SEC schools realized this decades ago, while the B1G and the ACC held on the their delusions of amateurism until recently and are playing catch-up.

The recruiting game is dominated by shady intermediaries that have strong influence over top recruits, especially those that are poorer. They steer recruits to schools where they have ties and those ties could be anything from the coaching staff embracing them as part of the recruiting process, or steering alums to pay them in indirect ways, and they use those funds to help the recruits or their family. Stuff like if they have a side-catering business to hire them to cater their company's X-mas party, or donate money for a charity basketball tournament they were running.

The old school B1G coaches like Barry Alvarez, Joe Tiller, and Lloyd Carr hated these intermediaries and treated them like parasites. The SEC and newer coaches embraced them or treated them like standard operating procedure. They skirted the rules and stayed in the gray areas, but the coaching staff would never directly pay them off.

That's why the B1G has been on a decline for the past 20 years, because that is when the intermediaries became prevalent in college football. The B1G is now going to resemble the SEC after it hired Meyer and Franklin, former SEC coaches.
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:55 PM
 
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Where are the "bag men"? Cash money! Holla, Holla!
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Old 12-01-2014, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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Maybe they should have a Power conference challenge one week during the first few weeks like the do in basketball. Say the ACC played the BIG top to bottom in week 3....or with the SEC or PAC12 in alternating years. In numbers were uneven then the bottom teams from previous year look for independents.
The B1G and Pac-12 tried to put a pact together similar to this. Didn't work out.
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