Just when college football seemed settled on conference affiliations, ESPN has reported that Rutgers and Maryland are preparing for a shift to the Big Ten. There is still a lot that has to be settled before the conference shift, but this appears to be a done deal for both schools.
When the Terrapins and Scarlet Knights enter the Big Ten a shift will occur inside the divisions, creating a new power structure for the conference.
The Big Ten has underachieved on the national stage so far this season. Ohio State has been the strongest team in the conference, but the Buckeyes are banned from the postseason this year. The addition of Maryland and Rutgers brings bodies to the party, but won’t bring up the reputation of the conference.
Looking at the conference shift that lies ahead, here is the power ranking for the new Big Ten conference.