I will go ahead and admit to this right off the bat, I am writing this as an SEC fan. Now that I have that out of the way, here is my question.......Why do the Big (1)10 fans get so offended about their weak conference when it is brought up in conversation? Right now there is only one consistently strong team in the entire conference. That is Ohio State. In the second tier you have Wisconson and ?????????????? This is my point.
In the Big 12 you have Texas & Oklahoma at the top. Then in the next tier you have Missou and Texas Tech. From there you get into some pretty good teams that alternate in tier 2 like K-State, Kansas and Oklahoma State all hovering around 8 wins a season. Then you have the teams at the bottom of the pile like Iowa State & Baylor (trying to be more consistent). That leaves Colorado, Texas A&M and Nebraska somewhere right above the bottom, but capable of beating the top 2 on any given Saturday.
In the SEC, you have Georgia who has been ranked in the top 10, 5 out of the last six seasons; Auburn who has been in the Top 15, 4 out of the last 6; LSU who has Two National Championships and ranked in the top 15, 4 out of 6 years; Florida who has One National Championship and ranked in the top 15, 3 of 6 years. In the next tier you have Bama, South Carolina and Tennessee. Just below them you have Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Miss St. and Arkansas. Three of these teams have had big win season recently and any of the bottom 5 teams in the SEC could be in the middle to the top of the Big 10. Every team in the conference is capable of beating another.
This is the reason, along with getting beat down two years in a row in the national championship, that OSU doesn't deserve to be ranked above many of the 1-loss teams. Maybe OSU should try scheduling Miss. St. or Vandy instead of Youngstown St. Maybe adding 2 more teams and playing a conference championship would help as well, that way when you have the two best teams in the conference play every year instead of not playing as is the case in some years. Get on a level field with the other big conferences and then you might have an arguement. This also applies somewhat to the Pac-10. They at least have a little better talent in the middle of the conference.