I know, I know, ESPN is evil, but hear this one out. Adam Rittenberg, a Big Ten specific blogger on ESPN.com addressed the issue of favoring a strong DLine over the offensive counterpart. In his Wednesday B1G Chat, he's asked about the issue, notably in terms of our draft classes against UM's. His response:
" It's obviously great to have both, but I think an elite defensive line puts a program over the top. You've seen that in the SEC. Here's what Urban Meyer recently told me: "We all know we had great success at Florida, and Tebow and Percy and all these guys got recognition. But at the end of the day, our defensive line was what Florida was known for." Big Ten teams have been strong on both lines, but I'd prefer a disruptive D-line that prevents the offense from getting comfortable."