Originally Posted by MWM
You can't make sweeping judgments about entire conferences based on two games. Besides, no one really rated the Big Ten very high this year. Most people realized this was a down year for the conference outside of Michigan, OSU, and Wisconsin. Both Ohio State and Michigan were better than they showed in their respective bowl games. I'm not suggesting they were better than their opponents, before someone accuses me of sour grapes. But both teams showed up completely unprepared and got their butts handed to them. But I don't think you can then take those games and then assume they'd automatically lose to other good teams in that conference. Afterall, Florida barely beat Arkansas in the SEC title game and Wisconsin beat Arkansas. You could do this all day long. USC struggled most of the year with medicre teams, but played great against Michigan and Notre Dame, but lost ot a bad UCLA team. Weird things happen sometimes. But you can't take that and make sweeping judements on an entire conference because of a couple of games.
2-5 in Bowl games?
Both Michigan and OSU vastly outcoached and surprisingly overmatched in both contests?
You get 7 teams out of 11 into games, you'd hope for something closer to 4-3 than 2-5.