USA Today yesterday released its top 10 toughest places to win in football (from the perspective of a coach/fan, not from that of a visiting opponent). They are:
- Oregon St
- Iowa St
- Texas Tech
- Wash St
I, for one, think it is egregious that the highest Big Ten team is Indiana, rather than Buttgers. The article's author cites the fact that Indiana is a basketball school first, so that hurts them. I've only been a CFB fan since 2005, but my qualitative opinion is that Rutgers (sp?) is the hardest place to win right now. They have been a perennial laughingstock since joining the Big Ten, constantly have their best in-state talent poached, and have zero street cred outside of the Northeast.
I won't take the time to develop my own Big Ten list. But, I think one could make the case that MSU would be surprisingly high on this list since they have to, historically, play second fiddle to their in-state rivals on the recruiting trail and my understanding is that their assistant payrolls are not very good. OSU (not the one on the list above), would probably be about the easiest place to win nationally. The only factors I can think of that work against them are weather and the fact that a recruit would almost certainly have to live in Ohio, since commuting is probably not an option.
What say you?