Big Ten Conference. A Tradition of Excellence
I could honestly rest my case with that one sentence. But what would be the fun in that? Arguments rage every year on which conference reigns supreme. Well let me settle this for you once and for all. The Big Ten sets the benchmark that all other conference try to reach. The Big Ten has parity, tradition, performance ( including athletic, academic, and sportsmanship), and support at levels envied by the rest.
Parity- I know some of you are wondering how I can possibly use this argument with the Big Ten's rep of Big 2 Little 9. Well let me tell you its pretty easy to do when you have teams like Iowa, Penn State, and Wisconsin to help me. But also a wonderful statistic that over the last decade 8 teams have won the Big Ten Title either outright or shared: Illinois ('01), Iowa ('02, '04), Michigan ('97, '98, '00, '03, '04), Northwestern ('96, '00), Ohio State ('96, '98, '02, '05), Penn State ('05), Purdue ('00) and Wisconsin ('98, '99).
Tradition/Performance- Numbers are hard to argue. Like 52 National Titles with the 53rd on the way. The Big Ten is also home to the winningest college football program of them all (Michigan). All this while still upholding the main goal of superb academics and sportsmanship. On a more traditional note, the Big Ten holds 15 trophy games a year, the most of any conference. Those don't even count the greatest rivalry in all of college football, Michigan vs. Ohio State.
Support- The Big Ten leads the country year in and year out in attendance, not only in Football but also Basketball. This year alone the conference is averaging 67,641 fans per game. Big Ten fans stand on the same level of the conference. A level unmatched but highly desired by the rest of the country.
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