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Despite the sanctions, we believe Penn State has done a phenomenal job. The one thing that has happened that no one saw coming is that the caliber of player they are attracting is much better than anticipated. Two years ago, no one would have guessed that the Nittany Lions would be able to keep Christian Hackenberg, let alone get a commitment from another top QB in Michael O'Connor (Bradenton, Fla./IMG). Anyone think they would get a DT like Thomas Holley (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln)? I doubt it. The numbers may be down, but the talent may not be. If they can snag some quality walk-ons, the rest of the Big Ten needs to be on alert. Wisconsin and Northwestern are showing some prowess and the Badgers are getting faster with this class. The issue with many of the Big Ten programs in recruiting is a lack of a national brand or identity. The conference is top heavy, but others, most notably Michigan State, will always be able to compete because they recruit to develop and do a great job in evaluations.

#AskLoogs: B1G advantage in East?

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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.

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