I don’t normally post on the forum. I usually watch the games and just enjoy the conversation afterwards. I’ve been following Ohio State football for many years, since the late 60’s and no poll (outside of maybe the final poll that gave BYU the national championship in 1984) has been more disturbing than what occurred on Sunday. Is there an SEC bias – of course! Is there a Pac 12 bias? Seems to be. Finally, is there a Big Ten hate fest – undoubtedly! Let me explain.
In the polls, Missouri jumped an unprecedented 9 spots. Baylor jumped 6 spots, Auburn 13 spots, and Stanford, who lost to a mediocre 4-3 Utah team, jumped five spots. In that very same poll, Florida State, who absolutely destroyed the #3 rank media darling Clemson, jumped only two spots, predictably behind both Alabama and Oregon.
A one loss Oklahoma, moved up 1 spot, from 18 to 17 and a one loss Louisville team plummeted 8 spots because they lost to a 1 loss UCF team that is only 3 points from being undefeated, having lost to South Carolina 28-25. And the big Ten, well, we close out the top 25 with a 2 loss Wisconsin and a 1 Loss Michigan and Nebraska.
And I have to tell you, I don’t get it. Here’s why. In terms of winning percentages by conference, the Big Ten has the highest winning percentage of all conferences through this point in the season (these numbers were added in my head, so you professors out there who will find an error here or there, give me a break, okay!)
Big Ten - .654
Pack 12 - .650
SEC - .632
ACC - .630
Big 12 - .609
AAC - .491
Records tell a similar story. The top 6 teams in the country’s combined opponent’s records are the following:
Alabama - 23- 27
Oregon – 21-24
Florida State – 28 – 13
Ohio State 24 – 24
Baylor 14 – 21
Missouri – 23 -19
When a team that has won 19 consecutive games are said to be on the outside looking in, there is something wrong with that. Don’t buy into the crap that the Big Ten is a weak conference. We are a good conference and our record proves as much. Plus, we have a pit bull in our back yard called the Mid-American Conference. We play a lot of opponents from the MAC. And it doesn’t take MAC schools much to get hyped up for a game with a Big Ten opponent, especially since most of their players are playing with a chip on their shoulder because they weren’t offered a scholarship by a Big Ten school.
I think it is a good year when 83% of the schools in the Big Ten have a winning percentage of .500 or greater. (SEC is 85% ; Pac 12 is 83%; ACC is 64%, Big 12 is 50%, and the AAC is 50%). We’re not a down conference. It’s just that a bunch of media pundits, who don't have a clue, are down on us.
Ohio State is a great football team! Go Bucks!