This article from the Ohio State student paper answers this musical question – Do lower academic standards provide SEC advantage in attracting football recruits? – in exactly the manner you might expect. In doing so, it combines the blindingly obvious (did you know it’s harder to get kids into Northwestern and Vanderbilt than Michigan State and Alabama?) with the grudgingly apparent (“The seven states that house SEC schools produced 87 top 250 recruits in this year’s class compared to just 38 from the seven states representing the Big Ten.”) Don’t expect to be shocked, considering the source.
But there is one bit of interest. Check out this chart and notice how close the numbers for Ohio State and Georgia are… other than, unfortunately, the final AP rankings. Compliment to Georgia, or knock on the Buckeyes?