I feel like there is talk out of both sides of the mouth. On one hand, there is the population shift means there is less talent to recruit from in the North so the league needs to look South and West. On the other hand, Kentucky and Tennessee is raiding Ohio and Pennsylvania for talent. So which is it? If the South has all the talent, than why are SEC teams coming North?
Both are just excuses in my opinion. Like mentioned above, the conference has always been top heavy, with surprise teams sprinkled in. The Lower tier has no desire, nor had they ever, in being consistently competitive. With the autonomy given to the Power 5, I think the top half of the B1G really needs to sit down with ND and look at making a new 8 team conference, and let the rest be absorbed into the AAC and MAC