KSU, NU and CU are the only teams to have gone to the big 12 champ game from the north and these three have been the dominate teams in the north since the big 12 began (and were dominate to the other 3 in big 8 times as well). Today all 3 got their asses kicked but the "weaker" 3 and two of that so called weaker 3 are top 10 teams with national championship hopes. I always though I'd love to see the day KSU and NU sucked but now I kinda miss those old days. This wont last for long though we are on the right track NU WILL get better they just will I hate to say it but a new coach who is decent will bring them back to a top 10 team, I am not sure about KSU but I wouldnt doubt if they came back too. Mizzou will probably always contend now, they have a good coach and a great state to recruit from but KU will rejoin ISU in the cellar soon enough.
Aside from that, Kansas is never going to be a recruiting hotbed... while it's true that Lawrence is a little nicer to look at than Lincoln, Lawrence is still only a LITTLE nicer to look at than Lincoln. They can have success in bits and pieces, but I don't think it will ever be consistent, even by CU standards.
I long for the days where NU and CU battled for the top prize.
What I say today was the result of us recruiting 2s for the last 4 years and the Tigers recruiting 3s and 4s.
If we start recruiting football players and not track athletes we wouldn't be having these conversations.