You make a fair point.
Now.....here is what the cynics will point out:
Go back 50 years and look at the Big Ten record in the Rose Bowl vs. the Pac 12, Pac 10 or whatever you want to call it.
Then...you will see why the Pac 12 gets more love than the B1G in any pre=season ranking. We can argue the logic of that all we want, but the results are what they are....historical context or not.
If we want to put a stop to the shitting on this conference...then it is time to be the windshield....not the bug. Otherwise...nothing changes.