In a few weeks, the Ohio State Buckeyes will have some new conference mates as both the Maryland Terrapins and Rutgers Scarlet Knights will officially become members of the Big Ten Conference.
The last few seasons, the two haven’t exactly been what you would consider football powers, but still nice additions to the Big Ten, and it’ll be interesting to see how the programs progress from here in their new home.
If you ask former Buckeye, and Heisman winner, Eddie George, though, he believes that Rutgers will make an impact sooner rather than later.
“I think Rutgers is actually a great (fit) for it because they have that same mentality, being able to run the football, play-action and having great defense,” George said. “They’ve put some great players in the NFL over the last 4-5 years.”
“I think Rutgers will be a surprise to most teams in the Big Ten this year because of the quality of athletes that they have on the East Coast and their style of play,” George said. “I think it’s a perfect fit.”
Personally, if I had to pick, I would say that Maryland actually has the better chance to make their presence felt early in their tenure, seeing as they’re entering the conference in their first season with arguably the best wide receiver tandems in the Big Ten with Stefon Diggs and Deon Long.
What do you think? Who has the better chance to make an impact first? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.