Factual counter point to the ESPN conspiracy theory:
ESPN is 80% owned by Walt Disney which also owns ABC.
The Big10 grants it's broadcast rights to ABC and ESPN so aside from 1 game a week on the B10 Network, Walt Disney/ESPN?ABC get all B10 games.
The SEC prime time games are on CBS, with the lesser games on ESPN.
Currently, Walt Disney/ESPN have a GREATER interest in the B10 than the SEC!!!
This will change with the advent of the SEC Network, but so long as CBS still carries the prime SEC game, Walt Disney will still have more interest in the B10 than SEC.
Finally and perhaps most importantly, ESPN and all the other networks have an interest in VIEWERSHIP, they do NOT have an interest in who wins. Viewership drives ad revenue. Do we watch any less college football now that the SEC won 7 straight? No. The TV ratings say we are still watching. Ultimately if one conference dominates college football indefinitely it eventually will negatively impact viewership in all other regions which will hurt all the networks.
ESPN has dozens of talking heads with very diverse opinions, but 2 of the more prominent talking heads are SEC recent player alums who show their SEC favoritism...especially Pollack. But the fact is reasonable people can look at the same facts and come to very different conclusions.