Don't Knock the Big Ten Just Yet

The WolverineCorrespondent ISeptember 28, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 26:  A.J. Edds #49 of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrates a fourth quarter interception with Pat Angerer #43 and Jeremiha Hunter #42 in front of Chaz Powell #2 of the Penn State Nittnay Lions  on September 26, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Iowa won the game 21-10.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

I don't like polls. Not in Week four. Not ever. I don't even like the use of the polls in the BCS formula. And I'm not in a position to rely on them too much given that my team is ranked but has played in several close games.

But I do know that college coaches are just as good of a bellwether for determining success as the next guy, and those coaches currently have four Big Ten teams ranked in the top 20 teams nationally.

The BCS Conference breakdown is as follows:

SEC: Five
Big Ten: Four
Big Twelve: Four
Pac-10: Two
ACC: One
Big East: One

Let me be clear. I'm not saying the Big Ten is the best conference. I'm not saying the best team in the [insert your favorite conference] can't beat the best Big Ten team (see: USC v. Ohio State).

My only point is that the coaches have taken notice that the Big Ten isn't, as of today, as bad as people think. These numbers will definitely change as the season goes on. But don't bash the Big Ten just yet.