Did anyone else notice the glove in the pic, top right? (Sorry if someone else did). That's a *black* Block O.
These unis aren't just in print, they're already roaming around.
I agree with every reason you threw out there, and I want to add one of my own... Recruiting is crazy now, with the internet and social media, coaches are looking at kids in middle school. There are only so many scholarships at the big name programs, so a lot of that talent drops down to the smaller schools. Also, guys know they'll get at least 3 big games a year playing for a decent "mid-major" football program (one where they get paid to come visit and be a warm-up... hopefully... another in the league championship and probably another in one of the myriad bowl games).
And the fact you brought out about stale tactics from the B1G is true. The spread was a great equalizer and still is. It creates space, plain and simple. A few missed tackles and all of a sudden you're putting up points on the big guys.
That said, though, it still comes down to recruiting. The B1G, for whatever reason (weather, perception, hotness of the local female wildlife) has trouble keeping up in recruiting. Honestly, if you're a big name talent and Sark comes to your door and says "Play in Hollywood!", you're taking that trip, at least for the experience. And who knows, maybe you connect with someone there, and that's it: you're sold.
As far as ways to fix the disparity? I dunno. I've always repeated the "everything is cyclical" drivel, but the B1G is on one heck of a down swoop.
That was kind of the point of my initial post. Everyone else is looking at the conference and OSU's opponents to gauge the Bucks' strength, and yet you can't measure it this early. When this team gels... oh boy.
And next year? With Braxton? The o-line with a year of snaps under their belt? This defense? Are you kidding? The next 25 games are going to be *great*.
I hope there are 2 SEC teams with one loss at the end of the year, and 4 undefeated teams from other leagues... say Oregon, Oklahoma, FSU and some mid-major school. Someone help me out. Can you imagine the outcry? Great television.
Hopefully OSU continues to get better offensively. The talent is there, I think they're ready. There was a ton of emotion last week. A loss at home like that is never acceptable, but as young as the team is, and losing Braxton (and Millen said on the game today Philly and El Guapo accounted for over 35% of OSU's offensive yardage?) the way they did, it wasn't a shocker. It was just ugly.
Will Herman please just decide if its going to be Eze-E or "Full Service" Samuel at tailback, please? Millen is almost never right, but I liked what he said about OSU having a feature back. We have a nice stable, sure, but we need a headliner.
P.S. Did anyone else have beautiful Sweatervest flashbacks watching Cardale take snaps from the I and hand it off? I know I did.
But Hoke would eat the B1G MAC.