Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The Southeastern Conference - the premier college football conference

Pat Forde is pretty opinionated, but, boy, this column has to hurt Ohio State and Big Ten fans.

He rips OSU for their cushy schedule -- I guess the Bog Ten ain't what it used to be. He also gives them grief for being unable to beat SEC teams in the post season:

If you've ever seen lions maul a water buffalo, you've seen the last two title games. You've seen a fierce pair of SEC teams -- Florida last year, LSU this year -- blow the vulnerable Buckeyes back to the Bratwurst Belt by a combined 41 points. You've seen the best of one league flex, and the best of an inferior league collapse.

In a final insult, he adds this little gem to his screed:

And he [Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel] should know not to bring that weak Big Ten stuff back to the BCS National Championship Game again next year.



Blogger Randall said...

That IS brutal.

Personally I'm just happy Michigan defeated Florida- I don't like them, and they were cruisin' for a bruisin', IMHO.

Tebow's definitely a great QB though, particularly for a sopohomore. I gotta give credit where it's due...

2:35 PM  
Blogger Andy Rupert said...

Maybe so, but think about this:

"The SEC Myth states that Ohio State does not have the talent to beat teams such as Florida and LSU. You probably know some SEC Mythologists. They are all over the place -- except, apparently, in the NFL. Since 2000, NFL teams have drafted 59 Ohio State players. Twenty-eight were first-day picks -- guys drafted in the first three rounds. No SEC team can match that. Not one."

Sounds like it came from a Buckeye? Nope. It was Michael Rosenberg, a sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press. Read the entire article here.

9:23 PM  
Blogger EggsnGrits said...

Well, I don't have the facts in front of me, but I'll venture that Ohio State has a great number of linemen and linebackers in those numbers, while the SEC has a number of those AND the speedy receiver/DB/running back types in their draft picks.

That's the element that's missing.

I don't think that the overall level of talent is all that different, but I think that the SEC recruits speed much better than OSU. That's been the difference.

But, for the record, last year the SEC had 35% of the first-round picks in the NFL draft. More than any conference, ever.

See here.

10:12 PM  

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