I did pretty clearly say "average CFB fan". I don't think "college football experts" is the same thing, is it? Most of them are old guys who remember and romanticize Osborne and the old Huskers. That just isn't there anymore. That's all gone now.Then why in the hell have national college football experts picked Nebraska to win or finish in the top two spots in the west the last several years. It's because they still have brand awareness, whether or not they have lived up to those expectations the last several years is certainly not debatable. Tennessee has been down since Fulmer left, but to put them in a Colorado or NC State category is laughable.
Iowa St, Missouri and Louisville would bring nothing to the BIG.
Why is it laughable to put Tennessee with Colorado (has won a national title) or NC State? Stats. Facts.
Louisville never was and never would be on the table for the Big Ten. If UKentucky ever gets to the point where they're a major research university and in the AAU, then perhaps they could be invited, one day.
Nebraska has brought nothing to the Big Ten. Horrendous basketball, even now that the conference is historically strong (even Rutgers!). Football team has gone from pretty good, to middling, to stinks. There is just no chance that they'll ever get back to national title contenders. None.
Great volleyball team. No denying that.
Worst of all, they were booted from the AAU for not living up the standards of a major research university. That membership is a core piece of the Big Ten's identity. It is a stain and an embarrassment on our membership.