Originally Posted by DFWJC
I have plenty of friends that went to both Rutgers and Maryland. I actually like both schools just fine.
But I think you are really overrating their academics. They are fine, but not great. They will for sure be in the middle (at best) of the Big Ten--as they would have been if they were both in the ACC.
Rutgers ranks maybe 60th (68th, actually) in National Research Universities and Maryland (58th) ranked in the middle of all ACC schools in academics....not even remotely in the same league as Duke, Virginia, UNC, Wake Forest, Ga Tech and lower or the same as Pitt, Syracuse, Clemson, etc .
Don't get me wrong, they are plenty good...enough to fit right in with both conferences. That's saying a lot.
If it helps, both Md and Rutgers would be the second school in the Big 12 (US news National Universities)
Rutgers would be tied for 12th
in the ACC and will be 6th or 7th in the Big 10.
I didn't realize it, but the SEC actually is more highly rated than our semi-beloved big 12...who has only 3 schools in the top 100 and just 1 (texas) in the top 50 ...ouch.
The order is ACC, Pac 10, Big 10....very big gap...then SEC and Big 12.
Of course...you canalmost flip that list if you want to rank footbal conferences. lol