Predicting the Super Bowl XLIV MVP: It's As Simple As SEC Vs. Big Ten

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Predicting the Super Bowl XLIV MVP: It's As Simple As SEC Vs. Big Ten

For decades, college football fans across the country have been debating which conference is the best.

Out of all the 11 FBS conferences, no conference rivalry fuels the debate more than SEC vs Big Ten. It's a sibling rivalry of the worst kind.

Both conferences have huge fanbases and a tremendous amount of sports history, and both conferences have plastered their names across the college football record books.

Some of the more common debatable points relate to bowl games and Heisman winners.

In the last 15 years, the Big Ten has produced five Heisman Trophy winners (Troy Smith, Ron Dayne, Charles Woodson, Eddie George, Desmond Howard), more than any other conference. Over that same time span, the SEC has claimed only two Heismans (Tim Tebow, Mark Ingram).

SEC fans are quick to point out that Heisman winners do not determine which conference is the best.

Instead, they turn to national championships. The SEC has won six national championships since the inception of the BCS. The Big Ten only has won one.

Of course, looking at the overall history, the Big Ten has the nod with 27 total, compared to the SEC's 26.

The team with the best overall bowl winning percentage is Penn State, but the team with the most overall bowl appearances and most bowl wins is Alabama.

The Big Ten has 17 BCS berths to the SEC's 15. Over the last decade, the Big Ten has a 15-14 edge against the SEC in bowl games.

Again, it doesn't stop there. It even extends to the NFL.

In terms of players, the Big Ten has slightly less than 300 players in the NFL, while the SEC has slightly more than 300. In 2007, 16 former Big Ten players earned Super Bowl rings with the Indianapolis Colts.

While it's hard to determine which conference has won more Super Bowl rings overall, one fact that isn't hard to uncover is which conference has the edge in Super Bowl MVPs.

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