While the SEC is mourning the passing of the BCS era, those in Big Ten country are by and large saying good riddance—and rightfully so, considering the lack of national champions produced during the era.
One of the biggest reasons given for the Big Ten's issues during the BCS era was recruiting, no matter the reality of the situation.
No matter the success or failure the conference had in playing in BCS games, no conference played in more of them. The Big Ten appeared in 28 BCS games, more than the SEC or any other conference.
Something had to go right to get there that many times, and despite all the talk about how recruiting has slipped in the conference, the reality is something totally different in the last half-decade.
It all leads back to recruiting in the end, so as we say goodbye to the old and hello to the new; it's only right we look back on the era in the recruiting realm.
The Big Ten has produced some very memorable classes, so as we say good riddance to the BCS, lets take a look back at the best the B1G classes of the era.
*All recruiting information courtesy Rivals.com. Nebraska not included until membership in Big Ten.