In this post on the fine "The Rivalry, Esq." blog, we find ourseleves in violent agreement with the findings of their "Big Ten Prospectus - What Is Your Team Really Worth to the Conference?" analysis.
Using the same variables that are in play in conference expansion, I've tallied the roster in four key areas: 1. Revenue, 2. Demographics, 3. Competitiveness, and 4. Academics. Who are the league's true high rollers?
1. The University of Michigan (Program No. 2)
As much as it pains me to say it, Hail to the Victors. On paper That School Up North is That School The Big Ten Needs Most. Despite its recent struggles, college's football's winningnest program is best of show in conference. With an average rank of 3, the Wolverines stormed all four categories. This just might be the best news Ann Arbor has received in 2 years.
A future post will do a similar analysis of Big 10 expansion candidates and I'm looking forward to seeing how that shakes out.