Big Ten, really? What’s so big about it?
The tradition, the “legends and leaders”?
Whatever it is it ain’t the football on the field, at least not after today.
The big should stand for big disappoint. What happened on the field was nothing more than an embarrassment for a conference that has lived off of it’s reputation for way too long.
Lets get this straight right now, the Big Ten can’t compete with any big program on any conference. It’s an overrated conference that can’t hold it’s own with any half decent non-conference opponent.
They can beat the Miami’s, Notre Dame’s and Baylor’s of the world with ease. Those programs are in the process of being rebuilt or built up. However, Alabama, Florida, TCU? Nope, not even close.
The Big Ten was too slow and nowhere near as tough or talented as the bullies who pushed them around all day long.
Michigan got house by Mississippi State in what might have been Rich Rod’s last stand if you can call it that. The 52-14 beatdown was nothing new to the maize and blue whose defense was beaten black and blue to the tune of 485 yards and a career day from QB Chris Relf. Michigan conceded big play after big play and Denard Robinson couldn’t bring them back like he did against UMass… yep UMass.
However you knew that Michigan was suspect from the beginning of the year. Michigan State showed promise, they took it to Wisconsin, won eleven games, an many people thighs that they should’ve been in a BCS game instead of Ohio State. That argument was quickly squelched once the first quarter ended in their game with Alabama.
This was a slaughter, the defending national champs had better competition from a division two opponent than from the Spartans. By the fourth quarter the Tide were bringing in practice squad running backs to score touchdowns or so it seemed. The Spartans had no business on that field. Kirk Cousins was beat up and so was Sparty’s pride. A season that seemed so great was nothing more than a mirage.
Penn State actually had a shot at beating Florida. With a minute left they were in Gator territory threading to score when walk-on QB Matthew McGloin threw a game ending pick to Ahmad Black that he took to the house for a game clinching touchdown.
The Nittany Lions were the best looking Big Ten team on the field as they outgained the Gators. However, not many big-time programs have walk-ons starting at the QB position and McGloin killed the Lions with five picks. The Lions have underachieved this year due to the ineffective play at quarterback and playing a good Florida defense that is tough and can cover lots of ground exposed that by leaps and bounds.
Northwestern gets a break because it lost Dan Persa to Injury in there game against Iowa. However that don’t get too much of a break because they can’t cover any receivers and couldn’t penetrate Texas Tech’s offensive line and Taylor Potts had a field day.
If not for a pick six late the Wildcats would’ve lost by twenty plus points not seven.
The biggest offenders are the Wisconsin Badgers the so called toughest team in the Big Ten. They scored 70 plus points three time this year and have one of the nations best run games with three backs within 1000 yards. They controlled the clock, ran the ball effectively but somehow were outmuscled by TCU’s defensive line.
They were able to get pressure on Scott Tolzien when they needed it and got stops throughout the entire game when it looked like the Badgers offensive line would take over.
Meanwhile even though the TCU offense only held the ball for 23 minutes they blew by the Badgers time and time again. Andy Dalton was able to make big plays with his arm and legs and the TCU receivers routinely got behind the Badger defensive backs and Dalton always found them. The fact that TCU has quicker players at the skill positions than Wisconsin is baffling. What’s also baffling is how a “small” school pushes around the big boys from the Big Ten.
(of all the losses that one was the one that hurt most. Gordon Gee’s comments were basically what most AD’s thought of TCU and Boise State and to have you’re conference champ get beat on national television like that hurts their pride. TCU showed it can play with the big dogs and get dirty with them. Guess the Badgers might be considers the little brothers of the poor now.)
With only Ohio State left (against another SEC opponent and you know how that goes) this could be the nail in the coffin for the Big Ten.
In the last few years they have been killed in the spotlight games by USC, Texas, Oregon and virtually the entire SEC. they’ve been beaten on the road, at home or on a neutral field. They’ve looked overmatched, slow and helpless at times. As of right now the Big Ten is not far off of being a mid-major because it’s just not good enough to bang with the best teams in football.
I wouldn’t want to see them in a national title game versus Auburn, in the kickoff classic versus Virginia Tech or on any major prime-time stage because you know the result before it even happens. It’ll be a waste of time for the viewer, the network and the opponent.
Today was the last straw for me. Besides the Rose Bowl the Big Ten should receive no special treatment, or perks until they prove that they deserve the same stage as Alabama, TCU or anyone top ranked program.
Of all of the major conferences they are the weakest due to the level of hype that they receive and the disappointment they always leave us with.
So complain all you want about UCONN in a BCS game, or how overrated Boise State is or how TCU wouldn’t survive in a major conference. The biggest travesty is how the Big Ten and it’s “Legends and Leaders” continue to get headlines and star in big time games. Kick them to the curb and give teams that actually make the game more interesting a shot.
Note to Gordon Gee, maybe the Big Ten should play the little sisters of the poor. They might be the only teams his conference can keep up with.