The SEC has gone unchallenged as the top college football conference for more than a decade, or if you ask an SEC fan, forever. But, this year Colin is ready to crown a new conference king.
Today in The Herd, he said this is the year the Big Ten overtakes the SEC as the top conference. The reason? Coaching.
The Big Ten has a stable of elite coaches, led by Urban Meyer, James Franklin, and the biggest rockstar in the game, Jim Harbaugh. All have shown an ability to recruit nationally, and have lessened the geographical advantages the SEC has traditionally enjoyed.
Big Ten schools are paying big money for elite coaching and it has paid huge dividends in terms of relevancy since its low point five years ago. Even Lovie Smith at bottom feeder Illinois has been to a Super Bowl with the Bears. Ask Rex Grossman.
The SEC, on the other hand, has been propped up by the success of Nick Saban and Alabama, but aside from St. Nick, it’s full of gym coaches that haven’t sniffed winning anything. Who’s the second best coach in the SEC, Kevin Sumlin? He’s a bad start away from getting canned. It’s definitely not Hugh Freeze.
“The Big Ten, right now, is the best conference. It’s got the best coaches.”
The Big Ten is the best conference in college football
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 25, 2017