The Big Ten's surprising growth to 14 members with the additions of Maryland and Rutgers included a lot of talk about demographics, revenue streams and television markets.

The Big Ten's surprising growth to 14 members with the additions of Maryland and Rutgers included a lot of talk about demographics, revenue streams and television markets.

Jim Delany's bold moves this week as Big Ten commissioner, completed yesterday by the official addition of Rutgers in the 2014-15 academic year, were made with eyes on the long-term future.

"I believe our conference and institutions will look very differently 10 years from now, in a very positive way," Delany said.

But what about today?

What has the Big Ten immediately given its fans, especially in football, with the additions of Rutgers and Maryland - schools Ohio State has never played in football?

After all, it appears Ohio State might be in the Big Ten's Leaders Division with the two new members, although Delany denied an ESPN report that had Illinois moving from the Leaders to the Legends Division.

Delany insists that divisional makeup hasn't been talked about and will be discussed by the league's athletic directors in the next three months. He did, however, offer a hint of future division lineups.

"Geography will have to play probably a more important role in the evolution of the next divisional structure," Delany said.

What already is known is that Rutgers and Maryland aren't exactly providing the pigskin pedigree that Nebraska brought to the Big Ten two years ago and Penn State added to the league in 1993.

The Big Ten Network has referred to Rutgers and Maryland, which joined the conference on Monday, as "sleeping giants" this week.

Maryland, a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, formed in 1953, has long been known for basketball. The Terrapins won the NCAA championship in 2002 and have featured such star players as Len Bias, Len Elmore, Buck Williams and Juan Dixon.

Football hasn't been so kind. The Terrapins have gone 6-17 since firing Ralph Friedgen as coach after a 9-4 season in 2010. Maryland went to one bowl game and was ranked for a total of two weeks from 1986 to 2001 before Friedgen's first season in '01 ended with an ACC title. The Terrapins finished ranked in the top 20 in his first three seasons.

Maryland was coached by Paul "Bear" Bryant for one season in 1945, had some success in the 1970s and '80s, and does have a glorious era, albeit dusty. From 1947 to 1955, the Terrapins went 73-15-4 under coach Jim Tatum, including a 10-0 regular season and national championship in 1953.

Rutgers, located 40 miles south of New York in New Brunswick, N.J., is having a stellar season at 9-1 under first-year coach Kyle Flood. The Scarlet Knights are seeking their first championship in the Big East, where they have played football since 1991 and been full members since '95.

Before success in recent years, Rutgers was historically an enigma, never consistently winning despite being the state university of New Jersey, where more than 300 football-playing high schools have churned out top talent.

Penn State and Notre Dame have long benefited from the New Jersey pipeline of players. So, too, have others. Nebraska's Mike Rozier and Irving Fryar were from the Garden State. So was Ron Dayne, a Heisman Trophy-winning running back from Wisconsin. And Jack Tatum left New Jersey to star at Ohio State.

The 2009 NFL draft featured seven players selected in the first round who were New Jersey natives. Only one - receiver Kenny Britt - stayed home and played for Rutgers.

Rutgers won the first college football game ever played, defeating Princeton 6-4 in New Brunswick on Nov. 6, 1869. From then until 2005, the Scarlet Knights played in one bowl game: the 1978 Garden Bowl in New Jersey.

Rutgers went 1-11 and its football program lost $2.3 million in 2002, causing some around campus to call for the Scarlet Knights to drop down to the Football Championship Subdivision.

Instead, the school sank $102 million into renovating and expanding its football stadium. Greg Schiano led the Scarlet Knights to six bowl games before leaving last year to become coach of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.