Originally posted by Wulebgr
Both SEC teams had three losses prior to the bowls. Both lost to Florida.
USC beat Arkansas by a huge margin. Arkansas beat Tennessee convincingly. Wisconsin did not play Ohio State (making both schedules weaker). Penn State's losses were to the top Big Ten teams, and represent the most impressive wins for two of the three.
Nearly all of Florida's oppo ...[text shortened]... itle game.
OSU gets a final #2 ranking as a courtesy, but they should be no higher than #5.
As much as I hate to admit it, you are correct. After much travail I have come to the conclusion that the Big Ten is simply an inferior conference and here is why.
Imagine if you will, a high school football star being actively recruited and sought after by all the top schools in the country. You have Florida teams, California teams, as well as teams from the mid West trying to sway you to come play for them. Who is the youngster going to want to play for? Will it be sunny Florida or sunny California where the girls are always pretty and where there is a party going on 24/7, or are you going to want to come to a school in Columbus Ohio? I say the Big Ten simply gets the left overs from the schools in Florida and California. If you don't believe me simply look at the number of titles the Big Ten has won over the years. I would say that the title Ohio State won in 2003 was a fluke. They simply were not suppose to win but because of their defense and being severly underestimated, they won. At that even they barely won. I say if Ohio State ever wants to win the Big one ever again, they need to focus on building their defense. The offensive players are simply to hard to come by with the Florida and California teams there ready to swipe them up. All of this occured to me after I watched the Florida coach talk about Troy Smith and the current QB at Florida. He said that the Florida QB was actively recruited as a top pick, however, Troy Smith, on the other hand, was a no name wanna be with some potential. He said all of this before the game was even played and after seeing Troy play in the big game I don't think his assessment is far off. Troy is once again a no name wanna be. His best years of football are long behind him as he will get crushed in the NFL. That is, if any one still wants him now. If he does get drafted, it will not be a top pick. Perhaps he will make a good backup.
To sum up, I do not think that the two best teams in the Big Ten being blown out was a fluke, rather, it was for a reason. I guess we will just have to wait with great anticipation to see if the winner of next years championship will be either another Florida team or USC. I don't know about you, but I can hardly wait.