Michigan’s Victory Over SEC Could Mark a Shift in College Football Power

The Big Ten is Improving <>

As maize-and-blue confetti streamed from the NRG Stadium rafters, it felt like the Big Ten’s harvest was finally ripening. The national title game was decided when Michigan outmuscled Alabama a week earlier, but Monday night’s national title was merely the coup de grâce in a process that began five months ago after the Big Ten poached UDub, along with Oregon, USC and UCLA because the Pac-12 failed to procure a media deal to replace their expiring contract with ESPN that would put their schools on equal financial footing to the Big Ten or SEC. Whether Jim Harbaugh stays in Ann Arbor or returns to the NFL, the Big Ten has changed since 2015.