The Big Ten is a league known for its toughness, size and ability to produce good trench players. To offensively dominate the B1G, a program needs to have excellent play and execution by its offensive line. Defensively, the linemen must control the line of scrimmage.
Although many programs have increased their efforts to sign faster, skilled players, the foundation of each Big Ten program's recruiting remains signing quality offensive and defensive linemen. Every program wants depth in its trenches, but to dominate up front requires signing great prospects.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz may have his next star offensive lineman, while Brady Hoke continues to stock his program with excellent trench players. Wisconsin may be under new management, but it knows not to fix something that is not broken. Also, Urban Meyer may be collecting SEC speed, but he clearly understands winning the trench battles in the Big Ten are key to a team's success.