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    Are other conferences/teams close to being good as SEC/Bama?

    I know it is a source of pride with SEC teams that we are the best of the best. Having said that....are other conferences and teams making headway to being as good as us?
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    Re: Are other conferences/teams close to being good as SEC/Bama?

    We've got our weak spots across the board, and I do believe that the wolverines and nebraska both did much better than everyone expected for the big 10. That goes for wisconsin vs stanford as well. I thought the game would have been a blow out. This was a "laughable" year for the big ten, but they did have an undefeated ohio and teams that really did show up for the bowl games.

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    Re: Are other conferences/teams close to being good as SEC/Bama?

    I think you'll get your answer when you look at the final top 10. The SEC is still clearly dominant IMO.

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    Re: Are other conferences/teams close to being good as SEC/Bama?

    I think the bowl games are the best litmus test we have to determine that, IMO. We've lost 2 won 3 with 4 games left to play.
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    Re: Are other conferences/teams close to being good as SEC/Bama?

    The conference with the best chance to challenge us is the Pac 10 --

    Stanford, Oregon, and USCw are the current big 3 -- upstart programs in Oregon State and UCLA are next --

    They can't compete with us 1-6 -- but if they can get a Zona, or Washington to step up -- they could be the closest that is out there.

    Only My Opinion -- but I think they have the means to recruit the team speed element that most other conferences lack.
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    Re: Are other conferences/teams close to being good as SEC/Bama?

    It starts and ends with coaching, and I think that the only conference that is even trying to keep up is the B1G. Hoke, Meyer and Dantonio are legit, and O'Brien looks solid. Ferentz is up and down, but is a solid coach. Not sold on Pelini, and not sure who will take over at Wisconsin. Fitzgerald is starting to put things together at Northwestern, but that probably means that he is about to move on. Not SEC caliber coaching, top to bottom, but certainly on the up-swing.

    Not sure what Maryland and Rutgers will do to help us raise the bar, but they put us in two more very large media markets.
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    Re: Are other conferences/teams close to being good as SEC/Bama?

    There are some individual teams that could probably hang with most of the SEC.

    Stanford, Oregon and Oklahoma are three that come to mind.

    As a whole, I think the SEC is still far beyond any other individual conference. The Pac-12 is probably the closest to producing the quality depth that the SEC enjoys.

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    Re: Are other conferences/teams close to being good as SEC/Bama?

    While I like to see the SEC go off in the bowl season (except for Auburn of course, oh wait...) I don't think it is a fair comparison to compare conference bowl records simply because we aren't playing #1 from SEC against #1 from Big10 or Pac 12 etc.

    It would be kinda cool if that might happen, but it never will with multiple bowl games, BSC tie ins and upcoming playoff.

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    Re: Are other conferences/teams close to being good as SEC/Bama?

    Quote Originally Posted by B1GTide View Post
    It starts and ends with coaching, and I think that the only conference that is even trying to keep up is the B1G. Hoke, Meyer and Dantonio are legit, and O'Brien looks solid. Ferentz is up and down, but is a solid coach. Not sold on Pelini, and not sure who will take over at Wisconsin. Fitzgerald is starting to put things together at Northwestern, but that probably means that he is about to move on. Not SEC caliber coaching, top to bottom, but certainly on the up-swing.

    Not sure what Maryland and Rutgers will do to help us raise the bar, but they put us in two more very large media markets.
    The thing is, the Big 10 has been irrelevant for several years -- Since 1998, only 3 Big 10 Teams have played in a NCG -- and all three were OSU -- and two of them were brutal performances.....

    No Michigan, No Mich St, No Penn State, No Wisconsin......

    Your 3X Rose Bowl Conference Champ Coach just left to take over the 7th-8th best team in the SEC -- that wouldn't have happened in the Big 12, Pac 10, or even the ACC
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    Re: Are other conferences/teams close to being good as SEC/Bama?

    The top tier of the SEC is better than the top tier of any conference in the country. Big 10 would be close, as would be Pac-12. But match the top 3-4 from each conference 10 times and the SEC probably wins 8 out of 10.

    You step down to the lower tiers and things get more interesting. How would Ole Mrs. or Kentucky fare against Arizona or Wazzou? Northwestern--jokingly called Vandy North--put a whuppin on Mrs. State.
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    Re: Are other conferences/teams close to being good as SEC/Bama?

    Quote Originally Posted by GulfCoastTider View Post
    The top tier of the SEC is better than the top tier of any conference in the country. Big 10 would be close, as would be Pac-12. But match the top 3-4 from each conference 10 times and the SEC probably wins 8 out of 10.

    You step down to the lower tiers and things get more interesting. How would Ole Mrs. or Kentucky fare against Arizona or Wazzou? Northwestern--jokingly called Vandy North--put a whuppin on Mrs. State.
    Didn't every team with a pulse put a whippin' on Mrs. State this year?
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    Re: Are other conferences/teams close to being good as SEC/Bama?

    Quote Originally Posted by B1GTide View Post
    It starts and ends with coaching, and I think that the only conference that is even trying to keep up is the B1G. Hoke, Meyer and Dantonio are legit, and O'Brien looks solid. Ferentz is up and down, but is a solid coach. Not sold on Pelini, and not sure who will take over at Wisconsin. Fitzgerald is starting to put things together at Northwestern, but that probably means that he is about to move on. Not SEC caliber coaching, top to bottom, but certainly on the up-swing.

    Not sure what Maryland and Rutgers will do to help us raise the bar, but they put us in two more very large media markets.
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    Re: Are other conferences/teams close to being good as SEC/Bama?

    I think the gap gas been closed some. This year Arkansas and abarn really let the conference down. I was taking to an A&M fan that admitted he wad really surprised with the success they had this year. He said prior to Petrino's bike ride and abarn players quiting on chiz he expected at best to split those two games if not dropped both. Those two really disgraced the conference this year, especially the west.

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