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I do not want to underscore Bama. They are a different animal. Some claim they play by a different set of rules. That IMO is not an accurate statement but it is fair to say they play by a different set of standards. For example, the level of over signing is well documented. I believe it was the WSJ who interviewed kids that were forced to leave for "hardships" to make room for more talent. Read an article this week of HS coach saying a blue chip who could not make the grade was told to transfer to a school he could and not to test until doing so. These things among others do not break rules but would be far less commonplace in the Big 10 and provide a huge talent advantage. Do you think as long as SEC schools are doing things Big 10 schools cannot, or in many cases will not, the gap will ever close and how much does this contribute to their dominance? Not like Saban was a God in Big10 without these benefits.
I think eventually the top of the BIG can compete with the SEC. The SEC is a solid conference from top to bottom with the exception of Kentucky IMO. All of the other teams at the bottom are teams who have tradition and have had success or are on their way to success. I think OSU, Michigan, Nebraska, and Penn State(post sanctions) are all schools that are more than capable to compete with the SEC on a regular basis. I would say with the way they are recruiting OSU and Michigan are well on their way there right now. The big question with Michigan is Brady Hoke. The guy is an awesome recruiter but I am curious to see how good of a coach he will be, I'm just not sold yet. But I think overall the SEC will probably be superior than any other conference in the country for a while.
One thing that any big time SEC school has going for them right now is the fact that the SEC has won the last 7 national championships. Of course that helps tremendously with recruiting, being able to boast that.
Will ANYONE ever compete? That is the better question.
Currently, no one oversigns like the SEC. Until all schools do this and/or they truly limit oversigning, the SEC will continue to dominate.
They just don't care about academics as much as any other conference.
As much as it pains me to say, OSU, and maybe Michigan in a year or 2, will be able to compete........beyond that, probably will be a while before any other schools in the league, including ourselvses, can compete on that stage........unless, by some miracle, the sanctions are lifted right away.
Yes.....all things go in cycles
That's the thing, until the NCAA grows a backbone and limits oversigning it will continue to happen.
I do agree with JaxLion though, everything does go in cycles.
think about it. for decades lsu was irrelevant on the title landscape. bama was too. florida was as well. usc was irrelevant for 20 years. ohio state went 34 years between titles, michigan a long time as well.
everything is cyclical
Someone correct me if I'm wrong but didn't the SEC take some measures to curb oversigning? Also, the SEC will continue to have an advantage because they will take kids that are more or of an academic risk and also will not guarantee scholarships. Unfortunately it may take action by the NCAA to level the playing field.
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Ohio State will be there sooner than later. If Hoke can coach as well as he can recruit, Michigan will be there as well. Once USC fires Lane Kiffin and brings in someone who can actually coach, they'll be back there. If Miami can get past their sanctions and find the right man for the job (I don't believe Golden is it), they'll be back there. Once Texas cans Mack Brown and brings in the right guy, they'll be back there. If Brian Kelly continues on this track, ND will be there. If O'Brien sticks around post-sanctions, Penn State can get there.
Remember that once Saban leaves Alabama, they'll come back to Earth.
More than anything, follow where the coaching talent goes. The Big Ten has seen a good upgrade over the past two years. Meyer, O'Brien and Hoke are pretty significant upgrades over Fickell/Tressel (not as much with Tressel, but an upgrade nonetheless), an 80+ year old Joe Paterno and Rich Rodriquez.
Yes agree...an easy yes.
Suck It Emmert!! and "Sorry for not being sorry for being a Penn Stater" - Philafan
Yes -- simple answer. It wasn't that long ago that the Big 8/12 looked to be the best conference in many peoples' eyes. I never thought the B1G was a dominant conference (Big 2, Little 8 for so long), but at least it was competitive for a 15 year span after we were admitted. Look at the balance in the SEC even. Remember when Tennessee was arguably the class of the conference? Remember when Miami and FSU were the class of CFB? It only takes a few teams to move forward at the same time to start a shift.
Michigan - LOL.
Ohio State has a ways to go before it competes with the Big boys in the SEC. Alabama would have beaten then by three TDs last night.
This post was edited by Hamilton Lion 15 months ago
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