We've all been caught up in the exciting nature of positioning to get the best teams, and it's going to happen, and it's important we come out of it the best we can. But ultimately, how does it help Michigan, other than financially, and how does it hurt it?
I mean, Nebraska makes the conference tougher. Texas would make it a lot tougher. ND would probably help us, because we play them anyway, so everyone else might as well have to also. If we round it out with all good teams...and no Rutgers level squads, how hard does it become to win the conference? To get the bowl berth (whether it be the Rose or a Championship playoff)?
And what about the other sports? Would a Texas come in and dominate Baseball...or would it force teams to up their game and raise the whole level of the conference? Basketball...how will it shift? Will conference splits be in our favor, or make it tougher?
Recruiting...will it open up new areas to us, or open up our areas to others?
There are a lot of factors, and I've seen every rumor, every analysis of every team...but have we thought how it will affect Michigan? How will it make us better? How will it make us worse? Are we going to be happy with a big 4..or 5...or 6...instead of the old big 2? We've talked about Rich Rod running off 10 straight Big Ten titles and 5 National Championships starting in 2011...but can we lower our standards if the conference gets way tougher? Or are we going to still want to win more than anybody in what could end up the toughest conference in the country by far?
There a lot of ways this will affect Michigan, and we can't change it. But we can discuss what might be the results.