I've seen and heard alot about the spread not working in the Big Ten. People say the weather, the big defenses etc.
However, if you look at the Big Ten vs. spread teams from the south and out west, it is clear that it is designed to take advantage of big slow teams (See Mich v. App State, OSU v. Florida, Michigan v. Oregon, etc).
I do not buy that the spread will not work in the Big Ten. I do however think that a defense filled with freshmen, 3* recruits, and wlakons will not work in the Big Ten.