This thread is getting out of hand...
Cosmo, using that transitive property logic, VaTech is better than ALL the SEC West because its champion lost to OSU. It seems disingenuous to make a statement effectively claiming games played in Week 2 and Bowl Season are equivalent. Yes, the "didn't want to be there" excuse may carry some weight, but it's pretty damning on the coaching staffs of teams who use it to explain their failings, and as a result should IMMEDIATELY disqualify any team said to suffer from such a malady from any "objective" observation of greatness they may or may not have had.
For what it's worth, I don't think the B1G East is "better" than the SEC West, but I don't think the gap is as wide as you seem to believe, either. The narrative of the SEC has been: win against each other early, establish a "dominant" conference profile, fatten up on cupcakes (usually later in the season, when other teams are facing the STRENGTH of their schedules), and rest up/prep for the bowl game. That this narrative failed this year--and, to a lesser degree, last year, seems to indicate that much of the "greatness" being observed is part of the story created by a conference very savvy in marketing. In other words: really good, maybe great, but just as easily not.
Meyer opened that can of worms in 2007, and closed it in 2015. Why not enjoy the symmetry of that with a clear head and open eyes?