When Penn State abandoned football independence and joined the Big Ten in 1993 there were thoughts that the Nittany Lions would soon become a dominant force in the Big Ten. With a strong grasp for east coast talent and a solid program, Penn State was thought to be on track to handle the Big Ten with ease more often than not and count on regular trips to Pasadena, California. But in 1993 Penn State quickly realized what everyone else in the Big Ten had known for years.
Ohio State and Michigan were the teams to beat.
As it stands today, Ohio State and Michigan continue to be the leaders and the legends of the Big Ten and there is little to stop that momentum. It all starts with recruiting.