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No Big Ten team carrying the conference flag after Sparty loss

Andrew Maxwell, T.J. Jones AP

Every conference has a down year or two, and the Big Ten is in the middle of one hell of down year right now.

No. 10 Michigan State’s embarrassing 20-3 loss to No. 20 Notre Dame now means there are no Big Ten teams that look (as of Week 3) like they can win a Rose Bowl, let alone a BCS championship.

Michigan, thought to be back on the upswing among traditional powers, was ripped apart by Alabama in Week 1; Nebraska’s early-season loss to No. 22 UCLA leads us to believe it’s another 9-4 season in Lincoln; defending Big Ten champ Wisconsin has been… well… the Badgers needed Utah State miss a field goal to beat the Aggies.

We’ll just leave it at that.

Even the Big Ten’s best option right now, No. 12 Ohio State, is ineligible to compete in the Big Ten championship and a postseason game because of NCAA sanctions, and the Buckeyes didn’t look particularly strong against Cal on Saturday, either.

Yes, we know. There are some of you — particularly in the Southeastern quadrant of this great country — who called this little factoid before the season began. We apologize, and we promise to read your emails more carefully next time.

But the reality is that there are no Big Ten teams carrying the flag for a conference ridiculed for being too slow, too old-fashioned. You know, “old man football.” To put it into perspective, Big Ten teams have a combined four wins over BCS conference opponents. Three of those are courtesy of Northwestern.

There are two times when conferences get to whip out their measuring stick: nonconference games and bowl season. So far, the Big Ten’s coming up short — way short — in the former category.

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23 Responses to “No Big Ten team carrying the conference flag after Sparty loss”
  1. manchestermiracle says: Sep 16, 2012 12:48 AM

    Wow, SEC and Notre Dame lovers must be creaming their collective jeans right now. Go ahead and have the SEC championship game next week (Alabama/LSU), and schedule the national title game the following week (winner meets Notre Dame). Obviously Notre Dame should just have joined the SEC so we could petition to have every single other conference in college football disband their programs. They all obviously suck and have no chance at competing with the likes of the almighty SEC and the Almighty’s favorite college in South Bend. It was a nice three-week season, thanks for coming and drive home safely.

  2. ningenito78 says: Sep 16, 2012 12:54 AM

    Way to go, Ben. As if SEC fans needed to be nudged into what’s about to happen on this here comment section.

  3. underlinebmx says: Sep 16, 2012 12:59 AM

    Another terrible post by

    back to some respectful college football sites that don’t just try to ‘be the first to predict the championship’ week after week

    By the way, there are undefeated teams in the B1G still… and their kids aren’t smoking synthetic marijuana or having tutor’s take their tests’ for them

  4. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 16, 2012 1:15 AM

    The stock in B1G football is declining almost daily. Best to sign a contract with Dish or Hughesnet or some company fast before the contract amount decreases even more. Humor aside, I have many friends who are alums of B1G schools, some of the best schools in America. Historically, they are some of the very best football colleges in America as well. However, this does not appear this is the year of the B1G.

    All these teams falling from their popularity poll highs pre-season and other unranked teams rising from obscurity is a result of the teams not facing enough quality opponents yet. Another 4 to 6 weeks they will and by that time we should know who the top teams are.

    LSU made NCAA FBS history tonight with their 40th consecutive non-conference victory. Coach Les Miles (a Michigan player and coach) has never lost a game to a non-conference opponent (30 wins) while coaching at LSU. LSU also won 20 straight games at Tiger Stadium, and several other records being extended. Tonight won 63 – 14 over Idaho.

  5. drummerhoff says: Sep 16, 2012 1:18 AM

    This has been the B1G’s worst ten year span in conferences history and this season is the poorest of the 1o year period.

  6. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Sep 16, 2012 1:20 AM

    Wasn’t aware flags needed to be carried in week three…

    If so, who is carrying the Pac’s flag since the pre-ordained Trojans have fallen?

    This is just nonsense. Why do we all have to adopt this conference-loving mentality anyway? I am glad all the other B1G teams are losing. I don’t need my conference to dominate, just my team.

    Guess that’s just old man thinking.

  7. mtflsmitty says: Sep 16, 2012 1:24 AM


    Just a tad off base to suggest ANYONE other than Notre Dame fans have had much excitement about The Irish. Heck, most ND fans weren’t even confident in a W tonight.

    I do agree on the ridiculous SEC champing that goes on…especially on espn. The financial motives are clear and their efforts to tilt the playing field to the SEC is obvious.

    Kudos to Stanford tonight and showing Kiffin where to stick it!

  8. ningenito78 says: Sep 16, 2012 1:27 AM

    No angelheart it’s not old man speak. It’s pretty much SEC fans that drive it all.

  9. ningenito78 says: Sep 16, 2012 1:31 AM

    But in all seriousness this was going to be a terrible year for the Big 10 considering 2 of there flag ship programs got crushed by the NCAA.

  10. frug says: Sep 16, 2012 2:19 AM

    Against AQ Teams:

    Northwestern: 3-0
    Rest of the Big 10: 1-8


  11. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 16, 2012 9:25 AM

    B1G football has been overrated for years. Why?

    Because the B1G thought that academics and big time athletics could co-exist. They can’t. Sure, it is great to have all AAU universities but the reality is that the most successful football programs (SEC) have their respective programs geared to the athlete that will play on Sundays. Their scheduling reflects it. Texas opens against Wyoming. Alabama opens against Michigan. Give kudos for Michigan wanting to play a top tier program. They were not going to beat Alabama, because the Wolverines are one dimensional with QB play having to be exceptional.

    You look at the SEC with Alabama, LSU, Florida
    building strong programs based around very strong
    defensive UNITS and having multiple weapons on offense ,usually built around a big, quick offensive
    line and a game manager @ QB.

    The only team right now that has grasped that concept is Texas.You may hate Mack Brown, but
    Mack has quietly re-engineered Texas from a flash and dash team under Young and McCoy and built
    an SEC type defense and starting to build a very
    strong running game and allowing Ash to grow into
    his role as a game manager.

    Why do I use Texas? Texas is an AAU school that gets it. The Texas Athletic Department is segregated from the University as it’s own profit
    center. Sure, Texas adheres to NCAA standards(cough, cough) . The question is, should
    B1G schools follow Texas lead or be viewed as a fourth or fifth best conference who happens to have great regular seasons but get beat in bowl seasons?

  12. polegojim says: Sep 16, 2012 9:58 AM

    It’s ebb/flow folks, pure and simple, nothing else.

    B1G rules for a while
    Pac10 rules for while
    SEC rules for while
    Big 12 rules for a very short while

    That’s what makes things fun.

    Enjoy your time at the top SEC.

    Interesting the Sparty gloaters are absent today.

    Go BLUE!

  13. kozbee says: Sep 16, 2012 10:00 AM

    I think its funny about the way State was getting on U.M about the loss to Bama And now its Michigans turn to rip on state about losing to a worthless ND team,what goes around comes around state boys.

  14. polegojim says: Sep 16, 2012 10:04 AM

    PS – completely agree with Hokes take on Michigan. ‘Not sure what we have here’. He’s a realist without ego.

    D is not any better than last year. Very uimpressed with Mattison’s second year efforts.
    They struggled to get pressure against a UMASS front line. UMASS???

    Pick it up boys – Go BLUE!

  15. ernie ernie says: Sep 16, 2012 11:44 AM

    First the SEC has the population explosion the past 20 years to be picky about who gets to play.
    Second, people are more selfish these days. Top players only want to attend those schools that have a chance to go to the big dance. Most of those big ten schools, other than Ohio State, haven’t been in the running for a while now and the best players aren’t going there.
    Third. I beleive the SEC, ACC, and Southwest Conferences and PAC ten are playing pro style ball. Evidence of new rooking QB’s going to the pro’s and being on page one on day one. Very little learning curve needed.
    The big ten is still run crazy, big linemen crazy, and passing only when they have too. Football of the 60’s. I think, they think, that due to it possibly of rain or snow, they need to concentrate on the run more. Duh?

  16. ernie ernie says: Sep 16, 2012 11:55 AM

    Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, and many big ten large cities are closing schools and consolidating due to lack of bodies to fill the seats. This surely makes the potential talent pool a factor in recruiting.
    Throw in people like Perry from Detroit who opt to go to USC versus Michigan and his home state, your getting exactly what it is: a bunch of so so players in the big ten that lack talent. They can be good at times but not BCS good.
    Every year the Big ten sucks, more of the talent pool closes down and recruiting gets hurt. It is what it is.

  17. houndofthebaskervols says: Sep 16, 2012 3:03 PM

    @ polejam

    “It’s ebb/flow folks, pure and simple, nothing else.
    Enjoy your time at the top SEC.”

    Denial 101

    The balance of power has permanently shifted to the SEC, I mean I’m looking at the championship series over the last 20 years and its so lopsided in the SEC’s favor its ridiculous.

    Here’s the simplest explanation I can give you, 9 of the top 10 NFL producing states are southern states. This is from 2010:

    South 658 (incl Virginia and NC)
    Big 10 306
    Calif. 251
    Texas/OK 244

    OK, I tell you what…I’ll even give you NY, NJ, and Maryland, now you got 460, still 200 short of the NFL players produced by southern states.

    SEC schools have the facilities and the money, and the major advantage of proximity to this talent base that the Big 10, Big 12, or Pac 12 will never be able to compete with again. Sorry, thats just a fact.

  18. houndofthebaskervols says: Sep 16, 2012 3:05 PM

    Edit: 9 of the Top 2o NFL producing states.

  19. cometkazie says: Sep 16, 2012 6:17 PM

    ningenito78 says:
    Sep 16, 2012 1:31 AM
    But in all seriousness this was going to be a terrible year for the Big 10 considering 2 of there flag ship programs got crushed by the NCAA.


  20. houndofthebaskervols says: Sep 16, 2012 6:22 PM

    LMAO You monkeys will thumbs down anything, not that I give a flying frick, and I am very sorry to hit some of you in the face with indisputable facts, but thats the way things stand. Sorry. haha

  21. houndofthebaskervols says: Sep 16, 2012 8:37 PM

    Here ya go, I fixed this for all you whiners.

    Texas/OK, Calif, all Big 10 States – 863
    the South – 658

    are you beginning to understand the problem? lmao

  22. foreverlsu says: Sep 21, 2012 3:53 PM

    Get ready to read all about B1G 10 graduation rates on CFT over the next few months and the proverbial “wait till next year chants” …for the seventh year in a row. Oh, and the “SEC is top heavy” …until bowl season comes and the SEC goes 9-3 (against non-SEC teams).

  23. foreverlsu says: Sep 21, 2012 3:54 PM

    Get ready to read all about B1G 10 graduation rates from B1G 10 posters on CFT over the next few months and the proverbial “wait till next year chants” …for the seventh year in a row. Oh, and the “SEC is top heavy” …until bowl season comes and the SEC goes 9-3 (against non-SEC teams).

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