Scott Van Pelt Wonders Why Nobody Can Be Reasonable About BIG 10 Vs. SEC Games
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
New Year's Day saw a few bowl games feature BIG 10 teams versus SEC teams, which made ESPN's Scott Van Pelt ask the fans and media why do the results of these games always have to be measured so closely...


(The Big Lead)
Filed Under: SEC Football
Originally published on SECRant.com

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Look at Auburn's record in Bowl Games even going back to Tuberville. They have always treat the bowl practice as chance to work the younger guys for Spring. The Veterans did not even practice until they got to Tampa. Auburn doesn't scheme for these games they run their base offense and throw in a few gimmick plays.
Reply2 months
i dont want to hear about sec teams deciding not to play because its what you call a meaningless bowl. you suit up to win. you play the games to win. tell kentucky that game was meaningless. when your team loses in a bowl game then the spin machine starts. Not every team can be in the top 4. That doesnt make the rest of the games meaningless. The coaches want to win. the fans who buy the tickets to the games want to win. Winning is everything. Its the fans who make excuses because they need a reason to devalue the loss. plain and simple.
Reply2 months
Meaningless bowl games are always worth more to the underdog. Auburn guys just want to have a good game and not get injured. Measuring anything by a bowl game is dumb. Play in the regular season when it actually means something.
Reply2 months
There should be a Big 10 vs SEC challenge in football like the ACC vs Big 10 in basketball every year. This would be huge!
Reply2 months
the overwhelming recruiting difference between auburn and minnesota says that the auburn loss was a letdown
Reply2 months
Well it's true to a certain extent that //some// SEC teams have pouted and were not interested in playing in the bowl they got. Last year UGA literally laid down to Texas which made them think they were kings of the SEC. They did the same thing this year with half a team not playing but ran into a horrible Baylor team. The big 12 was the real letdown yet again this year. Minnesota played better and Auburn has had very inconsistent play all year. I don't really count Kentucky and Miss State or even UT for a real SEC experience.
Reply2 months
What is a “real SEC experience”? They are real SEC teams playing real teams from other conferences. Between this and the “pouters” we might as well stop making any comparisons based on bowl games. Maybe that’s your point?
2 months
The SEC is not being overrated. It's just the best football conference in college football bar none, and every other conference is extremely jealous of the SEC because of it.
Reply2 months
I don't know, LSU fans seem to have been pretty reasonable this year.
Reply2 months
It just means more
Reply2 months
Got a good friend that is an Auburn grad. He admitted they just got beat, outplayed, no excuses. Better team that day won
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We’ll see “reasonable” on Jan 13th. Go Tigers 48-35
Reply2 months
LSU is not going to give up 35 points.
2 months
His media brethren set the pace on these kinds of hyperbolic comparisons, not the fans.
Reply2 months
Minnesota scored more on Auburn than LSU, therefore Minnesota offense > LSU offense due to the transitive property of football
Reply2 months
Spot on. Love SVP.
Reply2 months
Was watching him last night after the Georgia game and just said "A-fricking-men" aloud after his mini-rant. SVP still one of the better talking heads for the sports mouse.
Reply2 months
SVP is making too little of it. The SEC is way ahead of the next conference in terms prestige, pageantry, and straight up athleticism.
Reply2 months
The Gophers played a terrific game. They deserved to win. The SEC has been and remains the top conference in the land from top to bottom.
Reply2 months
The media loves educating and scolding the fringe lunatics on each side, just like the political spectrum. The reasonable and quieter middle-ground people understand nuance in a vacuum. Is the SEC the best conference? Yes Is the B1G (easily the 2nd best conference RN) way behind the SEC? No The end.
Reply2 months
PAC is better than B1G.
2 months
The media couldn't educate a gorilla. I usually find that most people who refer to "both sides" have very limited and pedestrian understanding of a topic. The perfect audience to be impressed by journalism majors.
2 months
When SEC wins it proves their dominance and when they lose they just weren’t interested. ODoyle Rules
Reply2 months
SEC doesnt lose much lmao. Obviously still the best
2 months
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