Another fact that hurts the Big 10
(Winter Haven, FL)
Unlike their SEC counterparts, Big 10 schools actually apply academic standards when recruiting athletes. Since SEC schools recruit anyone no matter how low their grades/scores are, their athletic programs have a distinct advantage over the likes of Michigan, for example.
Perhaps the Big 10 should take note of this and remember that athletics are the REAL reason why large universities exist and academics should be second. Michigan doesn't need its top law school, Iowa doesn't need its MFA program, and Illinois doesn't need its engineering program. They'd be much better off if they devoted more resources to football and relaxed their academic requirements.