SEC teams have also recently played at Indiana, Duke, West Virginia and Syracuse as well as several road games to B12 and P12 territory so while road games to B10 stadiums is rare, road games in general are not as bad as you like to portray.
The problem with your argument is that B10 teams play OOC games in November as often as SEC teams travel north. Ya'll play all your OOC games the first 3 or 4 weeks of the season and keep the colder weeks for conference games, so even if Bama were to schedule another game with a B10 team it would again be in September.
Just for the record as it is quite old - Bama used to play Penn State pretty much every year before they joined the B10. Sometimes late in the year and their record doing so was quite respectable.
With respect, I don't think you've watched much of Bama this year. They are effective at both stopping the run and pressuring the QB with just their front 4, which leaves the LBs free to pursue the ball carrier if he goes outside. Also, the LBs are built drastically different from 2014 as they are a little lighter but much faster.
Bama does give up the long pass. They play a LOT of 1 on 1 coverage so if you have an offensive line that can block that DL for enough time for a fast WR to get a step on one of the very good corners - and a QB who can stand in the pocket and deliver a perfect pass with a lineman about to crash into his chest, you have a shot. See the Ole Miss game and the 2nd half of Arkansas. There are long shots to be had - but a price to be paid to take them (your QB will take a beating).
Don't we all wish we were in the SEC, where you can generally avoid competing with other conferences...
UCLA, USC, TCU, Clemson (x2), North Carolina, Wisconsin, FSU (x2), BYU, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech.
Is that what you consider avoiding competing with other conferences? That is an EXCELLENT OOC line-up. Certainly better than the B10's notable games this year (especially when you consider that many of these marquee opponents are not as good as they were hoped to be, though Washington helps - the fact it was Rutgers does not):
Colorado, Notre Dame, LSU, BYU, Oklahoma, Washington, North Carolina, Oregon,
If we were on 'Bama fansite (I just threw up in my mouth a bit)
Hanging out at another team's fansite isn't as bad as you would think.
I will admit, however that there isn't a Bama site comparable to 11W to send you to.
...put on display during the Bowl Season when SEC teams take a bath
Here is the SEC's bowl record over the last few years:
2010 = 5-5
2011 = 6-3
2012 = 6-3
2013 = 7-3
2014 = 7-5
2015 = 9-2
If that's taking a bath, how do you describe other conference's records?
Houston won't get in over a P5 conference winner with no more than 1 loss (and only then if OK wins the B12, really). The Oklahoma win is great, but that can't be enough to get them in a playoff.
Finebaum himself is actually really good. You may not always like what he says (you won't) but it is usually the best analysis and honest opinion you will hear - and no one else comes close when it comes to interviews. His callers though, are a bunch of idiots - and that is the avenue Pawl uses to fan flames and rile up people more than anything. In that instance, the Puppet-master is a good description.
Does he have plans to find a northern equivalent of Phyllis? Because they're out there, they just wear jerseys and are 450-pound men.
That may be one of the best lines I've read from you, DJ.
As a Bama fan, I'm happy to be where we are. Despite the recent love toward the SEC from the media, they have not historically favored southern teams - as evidenced by Bama having the most AP championships but by far the least amount of weeks ranked #1 among the top 5.
What is extremely impressive to me is OSU's worst decade. During their worst period, the Buckeyes were still ranked over 55% of the time. That is a hell of a stat.
When you sign 30 kids a year, you're always going to be on top
Let's see ... Last 4 years, Bama has signed 100 kids - OSU has signed 99.
Last 5 years: Bama - 126, OSU - 124
Add in the 3 scholarships OSU was without for a few of those years, and this may not be the angle you want to pursue.