A few weeks after the BCS Championship game and its festivities, college football head coaches have begun recruiting their classes for the next year. As a fan of Big Ten football, I am extremely concerned. It has to do with the climate of other conferences, namely the SEC and the Big 12.
I don't mean social climate, economic climate—I literally mean climate, as in the weather. Because the Big Ten is in a very cold environment and its recruiting is weakening.
What does cold weather do? It makes people want to leave for the heat and flashiness of places in the southern part of the country. Top recruits from Big Ten territory, such as Illinois and Ohio, are leaving for other places like Alabama, Texas Tech, and Georgia.
The Big 12 and SEC are going to dominate the recruiting field for the next few years, which really doesn't sit well with me. Over the years, the Big Ten has developed as a power conference, but I can see them becoming a powerless conference.
Why do you think the SEC and Big 12 were the two conferences in the BCS Championship? Because they get top-tier recruits from all across the country.
Florida, having won the 2009 BCS title has developed an outstanding program from top to bottom, as have Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, Georgia, and Alabama. The best way to develop a program is by recruiting.
The only solution I see to solve the problems that Big Ten football will have in the future is global warming. If the temperatures don't increase, the Big Ten's winning will cease.