I’m a Big Ten fan — always have been, always will be. But even diehard Big Ten fans should be tipping their cap to Alabama and the teams of the SEC, which have established a dominance in college football that would make the New York Yankees of old green with envy.
Alabama crushed unbeaten Notre Dame last night, 42-14. The game wasn’t that close. Alabama has won three of the last four national championships. Add the championships won by LSU, Florida, and Auburn — all of the SEC — and you have an amazing record of success. The truth is that, right now, the SEC teams are better.
We can argue about why. Some Big Ten fans will tell you its because SEC teams oversign, or boot kids who aren’t performing as expected for bogus reasons so they can sign other prospects, or don’t have the academic standards that Big Ten teams and other schools do. But on the field, the results are inarguable: the SEC teams are just better, and they are proving it, year to year and national championship game to national championship game.
Ohio State and Urban Meyer hope to get to the mountaintop, where Alabama has set up camp. Last night’s trouncing of the Fighting Irish shows what the Buckeyes need to aim for. It’s not going to be an easy target to hit.