The Big 10 Breakdown

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The Big 10 Breakdown

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Nick Marietti, Staff Reporter

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The Big Ten is often called the worst or second worst power 5 conference (Big Ten, Sec, Big 12, Pac 12, ACC) in the nation. Why are they so lowly regarded? Yes, they do currently have the top two teams in the AP polls. Yes, they do have four teams currently in the AP top 25. Yes, they have three of the best quarterbacks in the nation (two are on Ohio State). So, why is the Big Ten getting no love from analysts and coaches? The first reason could be for their lack of depth. Yes, all conferences have their share of weak teams, but the Big Ten have some teams that wouldn’t win in a mid-major’s conference. The Big Ten has two sensational teams at the top in Michigan State and Ohio State. After those two, they have two respectable teams in Wisconsin and Northwestern. The remaining teams aren’t that pretty. I’ll say that Minnesota, Penn State, Michigan, and Nebraska have potential for good seasons at best. But the bottom tier of the Big Ten couldn’t handle the bottom tier of the four other power 5 conferences and that is it. If the Big Ten can have some of those teams at the bottom get to the talent level of a Penn State or Minnesota, then they will be much more respected. The schedules for some of the top Big Ten teams are mediocre at best and they aren’t helping themselves. Ohio State beat Virginia Tech handedly but then had five turnovers against NIU and almost lost their run for perfection. Credit is due to Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Minnesota for each scheduling a game against a top tier team in Oregon, Alabama, and TCU respectively. The College Playoff Committee is already known to benefit teams who schedule tough opponents in their non-conference. For the Big Ten to be mentioned with the SEC and the Pac 12 as the best conference in college football, they need their lower tier teams to rise up like Northwestern has, and teams need to schedule tougher non-conference games to begin the season to appeal to the College Football Playoff Committee. Can the Big Ten get back into the top conference conversations? Yes. If Michigan State and Ohio State stay at the top of the rankings, the Big Ten has a chance to do great things.

 

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