there is no empirical evidence to suggest the SEC has decidedly bigger, faster, stronger athletes than its Power Five counterparts
I'm as sick as the next guy about hearing SEC this and that, and I thoroughly believe OSU has the talent to match up toe to toe with Bama and the likes, but this statement is simply not true. Look no further than the numbers from the NFL draft over the past decade. Here's some 2014 draft numbers that could be filed under empirical evidence:
» The SEC had 49 players selected, most among the conferences. It was the eighth year in a row the SEC had the most draftees.
» Every SEC school had at least one player selected, led by LSU with nine. That was the most of any school.
» There were 11 first-rounders, most among the conferences.