We're welcoming Maryland and Rutgers into the Big Ten blog this week (look for some stories on the Scarlet Knights on Wednesday). As we prepare for the arrival of the two new teams to the conference, we're interested in your take on which program will fare better on the football field.
Making the case for both:
Maryland: The Terrapins haven't been great of late, but former coach Ralph Friedgen guided the team to five seasons of at least nine wins between 2001 and 2010, including an ACC title in 2001. So it can be done in College Park. Randy Edsall has yet to get things revved up but has dealt with a lot of injuries. Maryland has good access to talent because of its location, as it showed on signing day by reeling in star offensive lineman Damian Prince. The Terps could have one of the Big Ten's top receiving corps right away.
Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights might face the bigger adjustment in moving to a stronger conference, but the program has played in a bowl game in eight of the past nine seasons. There is plenty of talent to be found in the New Jersey area, and Rutgers has done a good job at keeping several blue-chippers home in recent years. Defense and the running game have been the calling card for this team for years and continue to be under Kyle Flood; that could translate well to the Big Ten.
Both teams definitely have some major hurdles ahead, especially in the potentially loaded East Division. But we want to know which team you think will be stronger next season and the near future. Vote now in our poll.