As the sanctions were handed down to PSU yesterday one thing that crossd my mind was what this does to the competetive balance in the BIG for not just this year but in the years to come. An ever so brief reminder . . . .
Ranking the two sides just for fun with best vs. best over not just the last year, but over the next 5-10 years in light of the recent PSU actions to me is interesting. There are obvious variables that we cant know so most if not all of this is based on pure individual opinion.
Conference standings at the end of 2011 . . .
Big Ten - Legends
Big Ten - Leaders
To me the Legends should remain the same in the years to come with Michigan being in the 1 spot, Nebraska, MSU and every blue moon Iowa figting it out for 2-4. Northwestern will always be in a posiion to spoil someones season and Minnesota right below that.
In the Leaders I think it will be a little different. No way Ohio State finishes 4th. Yes, yes we all hate them but they will be good very quickly. I see Wisconsin as having climaxed so to speak over the last 5 years. They will be in the championship game this year almost for sure, but after that they have to deal with OSU every year. Now the interesting part. Nobody can really say what PSU will look like in 2/3 years, but I would assume they would look more like a Purdue/Illinois than Wiscy/OSU. Purdue and Illinois are really going to be mirror images of eachother in my opinion. not eally challenging for the title but spoiler. Indiana is terrible.
It would look to me like the Legends divsion will be much stronger over the nex several years than the Leaders. In a teleconference with reporters after the sanctions were announced Delany was asked if he would address the perceived competeive imbalance. He really stepped around the question as good administrator would. What are you thoughts on this issue? Is it an issue?