From a recruiting pool standpoint, absolutely. The markets that have now been opened up in Virginia, Maryland, D.C., New Jersey could quickly become Big Ten country, as opposed to ACC country, when it comes to the competitive landscape, especially if Michigan and Penn State continue their resurgence. Rutgers and Maryland are hitting this conference at the right time with the changing conference affiliations. They have aligned with the big boys in a conference that will be a major player in shaping the future of college football.
Between Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, DC and North Carolina, these states far outweigh the current states of Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana and Missouri when it comes to available players to service the Big Ten. I think this could create a haves and have-nots over time in the Big Ten. The ACC and some of the programs in the SEC will be this division's greatest challenge to keeping players from staying in the Big Ten.