NCAAF

Big Ten Conference. A Tradition of Excellence

10/18/06 in NCAAF   |   Marshall   |   respect

The Big Ten Conference, the conference all others strive to be.
  
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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10/19/06   |   wil1018

Seth wrote:
Everyone has to realize that ALL numbers can be skewed to your advantage. It would seem that if you look at the numbers one way the Big Ten comes out on top (and I'm sure they word it appropriately to state the fact correctly) But when you look at it another way the SEC is ahead. Statistics are fun and easily manipulated.

It all makes sense, yeah true the BIG TEN alumni is strong, but the individual regions that are being discussed are all football havens!! Ohio, Florida, Texas..those 3 states alone are responsible for a great percentage of recruits every year.

10/18/06   |   Seth   |   301 respect

Everyone has to realize that ALL numbers can be skewed to your advantage. It would seem that if you look at the numbers one way the Big Ten comes out on top (and I'm sure they word it appropriately to state the fact correctly) But when you look at it another way the SEC is ahead. Statistics are fun and easily manipulated.

10/18/06   |   TheDondino

I'm looking for the article, but I know that the Big 10 lead in Basketball attendance last year for the 5th plus straight year...even beating out the ACC.

10/18/06   |   TheDondino

wrote:
Rule #1:  Never trust the advertising guys.  I even saw a commercial that said Iowa was a fine university!


j/k  . . . sorta

Hey now!  Are you Jayhawks still sore over Terry Allen?  I thought when we gave you Raef Lafrentz, Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison we mended those fences! 

10/18/06   |   Marshall

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Hmmm.  I also thought that the Big Ten was a leader.   Is there a difference between the average and total attendance?
(Edited by Marshall)

I think someone needs to check the big tens advertising guys cause you hear every year that they lead both basketball and football. heck, i saw the commercial during the michigan penn state game last week!!