To each his own, I guess. I've actually spent time at Iowa (was a prof. at Iowa State), Indiana and Wisconsin. None of those three are in UF's league as far as campus beauty. Not in UF's league, imo. Never been to Ann Arbor, but once turned down a job interview at UM the day after I accepted the job at UF. I looked into it pretty closely and the Michigan campus is cut up into pieces in different parts of the city, connected to one another by bus, correct? I didn't make my decision not to interview based on that, obviously, and it was an honor to even be considered for that faculty, but I do remember being a little bummed that the Engineering College was not on the same campus as the football stadium and I'd have to take a bus ride to even see the Big House. The campus doesn't sound so great to me. Academically, Michigan is one of the top 3 public universities in the land. If UF had not offered, I would probably be on the UM faculty today, since the department head said that they only interview the person that they are going to hire. They don't mess around. Great, great school. Not far behind the lower Ivy League schools. Can't say enough about the place. As far as where UF would rank in the Big 10, by all accounts, historically, (last 30 years) it would rank behind Northwestern, Michigan, Wisconsin and Penn State - that's fifth out of 13, not in the bottom half, my friend. You could make a case for Illinois and Ohio State being ahead of UF, but I would take UF over them. Even if you rated those two ahead of UF, we're 7th out of 13 - dead in the middle. But I'd put us fifth. The rest of the conference, while strong, are clearly not the equal of UF.