ATLANTA—Postcard to my Big Ten friends from the College Football Playoff national championship. . .
Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here.
Seriously, Big Ten brothers. You ought to try this some time.
They have this really fun Media Day, where fans can watch their collegiate heroes from afar—and see up to nine of their tiny heads, Hollywood Squares-like—react to probing questions. Really sophisticated fans, and those who are not lip-readers, can hear their heroes talk via radio headsets.
The Big (Ten) Question is why, if the Midwestern juggernauts are so wonderous and powerful, they have so much trouble when it comes to national championships.
And oh, the trouble they have. The Southeastern Conference will claim its ninth national championship in 12 years at the end of Monday night’s intramural showdown between Alabama and Georgia.
And while the SEC has had at least one team in the national championship game 11 times in the last 12 years, the Big Ten has placed a team in the national championship game only once in the last 10 years.
At least it made the most of that appearance. Ohio State beat Oregon for the 2014 title. But there was no SEC team in that game.
How do we explain the SEC’s dominance and the Big Ten’s impotence?
Honestly, I don’t think the SEC is nine times better than the Big Ten. Actually, I think it’s much closer than that, especially top to bottom. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.