As far as recruiting goes, The Big Two continue to separate themselves from the rest of the Big Ten.
Last year, Ohio State had the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation according to Scout.com and was No. 3 on ESPN's rankings. Michigan wasn't far behind, ranked No. 2 and No. 6.
The next closest school was Nebraska (No. 11 on Scout and the only other Big Ten program in the top-25, No. 23 on ESPN), creating a sizeable gap. That trend is continuing as the 2014 recruiting season heats up.
At the moment, the Buckeyes stand at nine recruits after the recent verbal commitment of St. Vincent St. Mary linebacker Dante Booker, who joins athlete and track star Parris Campbell as Irish commits. Going off of Scout.com's evaluations, that's Urban Meyer's third four-star linebacker in this class alone, along with Kyle Berger of St. Ignatius and Sam Hubbard of Cincinnati Moeller. Booker could end up playing defensive end as well.
The star, to this point, of the Buckeyes' 2014 class is cornerback Damon Webb, a Detroit, Michigan product ranked as high as the No. 6 cornerback in the country and the No. 32 player overall.
Webb's commitment to the secondary comes on the heels of the Buckeyes' talented 2013 class, when it nabbed five-star recruits Eli Apple, a cornerback, and Vonn Bell, a safety, along with freakishly athletic CB/WR Gareon Conley, a Massillon product who at one time was a Michigan verbal commit and Cam Burrows, a third top-10 CB nationally. Not to mention Meyer has Bradley Roby, who many consider the top cornerback in the nation, for one more season.
After the defensive line was the clear focus in Meyer's early work, the secondary is making a jump as well.
Michigan No. 1
It was already clear Brady Hoke had put together one of the top 2014 recruiting classes in the early going, and that was before a few days ago when he landed one of the true gems for this year in Michigan-based cornerback Jabrill Peppers, ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 cornerback in the country and the No. 2 overall prospect. We know Meyer can recruit. Hoke is showing he's more than just capable of competing.
Different scouting sites rank classes slightly differently, but if you were to average them, it appears as though Ohio State and Michigan are each heading for back-to-back top-5 recruiting classes while Nebraska, Penn State and Michigan State struggle to make it into the top-15.