Originally Posted by MWM
dabvu, Big Ten football can be ugly, especially when two Bog Ten teams are playing against each other. That doesn't always mean they aren't playing at as high a level. The Big Ten style isn't as fun to watch, but it has historically matchedup well when they've gone against SEC team - last year's national title game excepting.
Here is my point about the SEC and Big 10. This entire discussion, the entire hatred for an over rated OSU team by just about everyone outside of ohio, is based largely upon one football game. It wasn't based upon who OSU had returning, it wasn't base upon the acutal talent they had coming in, it wasn't based upon their coaching staff, rather it was based upon one lopsided loss.
OSU started the season ranked outside the top 10 while LSU started the season the pre season #1. If you look at the 06 teams and compare who they lost to the current teams they are rather similar. Both teams lost a ton of talent on the offensive side of the ball but had a lot coming back on the defensive side of the ball. The ONLY difference was the perception. OSU is still considered slow but I would be willing to bet if you average all speed measures across the entire team OSU would compare with the fastest teams in the country. If you want to break look at this season LSU lost to an average UK team. If they dont lose that game then we aren't having this discussion. Many people were pimping South Florida over OSU because of perception rather than reality. Is the SEC the best conference in the country, probably, but that doesn't mean the best team in the country has to come from that conference. It also doesn't mean that they are deserving of anything.