Northwestern University: Is the Big Ten Stronger Than We Think?
In recent years, the SEC has been considered by many to be the strongest college football conference, but a conference up north could be giving these teams a run for their money.
After today's Michigan State at Northwestern game, we have to give credit where credit is due.
The No. 7 Michigan Spartans trailed the Wildcats for most of the afternoon before rallying in the second half to pull off the win.
And we have to ask the question:
Is the Big Ten a dominant conference from top to bottom?
Historically, the conference has been run by Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State, but with teams like Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan State all having very good seasons, the college football world is having trouble ignoring the strength of this conference.
Take a look at some of the "lesser" teams in the Big Ten: Purdue, Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, and Minnesota.
The Minnesota Gophers and the Indiana Hoosiers are exceptions, but the rest of this conference is actually very good.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are much better than their schedule suggests, and even the Purdue Boilermakers are a decent football team.
Compared to other strong conferences like the Pac 10, the SEC and the Big 12, the Big Ten is right up there with the big dogs.
And then add the Nebraska Cornhuskers next season, and forget about it!
This conference is shaping up to be the best in college football.
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