The Big Ten has been getting hammered after a lackluster bowl season, that included losses by heavyweights Michigan and Ohio State. The knee jerk reaction in the media is that the conferences subpar bowl season shows that it’s still not close to being on the SEC’s level.
Today in The Herd, Colin said that he expects a dominant Alabama team to beat Clemson in the national championship game, but their dominant run with Nick Saban has masked what is a declining conference as a whole.
Sure, Saban is on a historic run, but the rest of the conference is filled with big brand names who are all underachieving.
“The SEC doesn’t have a second best program right now. And stop talking about your bowl record. It’s .500, and Mississippi State beat Miami of Ohio. And those are essentially home games for you. You’re all playing them in Florida.
The Big Ten is the only conference that has to travel to every bowl game. Penn State had to go play in USC’s back yard. Michigan had to play in Florida State’s back yard. You ever think about that?”
Colin pointed out that when you compare the list of coaches in the two conferences, it’s not even close. The Big Ten is headlined by Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh, but also has James Franklin at Penn State, Paul Chryst at Wisconsin, Mark Dantonio at Michigan State. Any of the aforementioned are better than what the SEC has after Nick Saban. Minnesota just upgraded their mid level program with the hiring of Western Michigan’s PJ Fleck, today.
“LSU has Ed O as a head coach. Tennessee’s got a gym teacher.”
Alabama isn’t just the best team in the SEC anymore, they are the SEC.
The second best head coach in the conference might be Steve Sarkisian, who isn’t even a head coach. He’s calling plays for Saban.
Steve Sarkisian would be a top tier head coach in the SEC pic.twitter.com/vIy5m4gt9M
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 6, 2017