The issue is that the mid-west is a dying area. Everyone is moving west or south. Recruiting bases are getting larger there and shrinking in the mid-west. Additionally many universities focus too much on sports and not enough on what their primary mission should be (Ohio State included obviously). But nobody does it better than the SEC and THAT is becoming a national tragedy. Watching college football is something I've always enjoyed but watching the SEC get away with one scandal after another and then the whole drama in Columbus could just about make a guy turn off the TV.Wisconsin ran the ball well particularly when it did so inside but looked too predictable at times allowing TCU to tee off on Tolzien when he was in the pocket. The Frogs were pretty quick when the Badgers tried to run outside and went underneath the blocks at times. Plus the Badger passing attack was almost entirely down the middle of the field. Getting 385 yards against a good defense is great but overall there was not much offensive ingenuity. Combine that with soft pass defense with a lot of cushion against receivers, lousy clock management at the end of the first half and leaving itself with no additional time/opportunity to get the ball back at the end of the game and you get this outcome.
Wisconsin's loss to BCS buster TCU was the appropriate ending to a disastrous bowl day for the Big 10: 0-5 while being outscored 204-102. The league answered the critics with a resounding confirmation of its inadequacy from a national perspective including failing to carry the BCS banner against a team that was not an automatic qualifier. OSU can either complete the woeful picture by losing against the Hogs or get a small piece of conference respectability back by winning-but even that will be tainted scandal.
The Big 10 may not be as bad as the ACC or Big East (yet) but it is the third or fourth best BCS conference (perhaps interchangeable with the Big 12) well behind the SEC and PAC 10. One wonders at what point OSU and Big 10 recruiting will start to suffer significantly as a result of not just the perception but also the apparent reality of league inferiority.
Full story: Columbus Dispatch
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