Someone recently posted "when are we going to beat OSU again? and I got to thinking: what advantages do they currently have? What advantages do we currently have? Here's what I came up with, feel free to supply your own:
More money because they're willing to sell their soul
An established successful Big Ten champion coach
A whole team recruited by, and suited to their current coach
A better home state to recruit from, with no legitimate in-state challenger
More instances of recent success
More talent and experience currently.
More innovative coach
Much better uniforms/helmet
Better strength and conditioning
Both can recruit nationally
Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see any institutional reason that OSU should own us long-term. Sure they have more in-state talent and less competition for it, but we've been able to steal some good players from Ohio and they rarely can do that in Michigan. I think both teams will be dragged down by the perceived weakness of the Big Ten, as long as we have the BCS. The migration of the American population from the Northeast and Midwest to the Southeast and Southwest will continue to be damaging long-term to the clout of Midwestern schools, but as long as Michigan can keep mining Florida we should be fine.