It wasn’t a great bowl season for the Big Ten.
The conference went 3-7 as a whole, the Big Ten East went 0-5, Ohio State was shutout in the College Football Playoff semifinal against Clemson and Big Ten teams were 1-3 in New Year’s Six games.
So, after ending the regular season with four teams in the top 8 and then stumbling in bowls, is the Big Ten better than the SEC, the assumed powerhouse of the last decade in college football?
In the eyes of national sports personality Colin Cowherd, the answer is clearly yes.
Yes, the SEC has Alabama in place to win its second consecutive national championship. But after the Tide, the conference is weak, argues Cowherd.
“The SEC doesn’t have a second-best program. Auburn got humiliated (Monday) night by Oklahoma (in the Sugar Bowl),” he said.
The SEC is 6-6 in bowl games entering the national championship, and the conference owns two head-to-head wins over the Big Ten (Tennessee over Nebraska and Florida over Iowa). However, Cowherd still thinks the Big Ten is stronger.
“The Big Ten is better than the SEC depth-wise and at the top,” he said. “Don’t overstate Ohio State’s loss. It was an awful game. Clemson is damn good. But don’t overstate it. But the SEC right now, if Nick Saban wasn’t in that conference, you wouldn’t have a national title for like seven, eight years.”
Even after bowl season, do you agree Big Ten fans? Watch Cowherd’s full comments on the matter below:
Sorry SEC fans but I'm so right here—it hurts. pic.twitter.com/K28QgtGbb9
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) January 4, 2017