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I am embarrassed to admit I have not watched any SEC football until today. I have sneered at alleged SEC superiority because it was founded on sleazy recruiting and Scholarship manipulations. But as I watch the game today I have come to realize that these two teams, Georgia and Alabama are playing Big Ten style football. They are doing it better than anyone in the Big Ten can right now. That does not make me happy by any stretch of the imagination. But the fact is BOTH TEAMS WOULD WALK THROUGH A BIG TEN SCHEDULE. Both teams play hard nose, defense first, run first football, worthy of the best tradition of Big Ten Football. Bad mouth them all you want. Bottom line, they beat us at our own game. It is about time the Big Ten woke up and started playing their brand of football at the top level once again.
1. They both more or less walked through their SEC schedules. The fact that 2 top-5 teams would likely have good success would hold true in every other league.
2. Georgia I'm honestly not so sure would've finished with the same record even in the weakest B1G that I've seen. And for the record they are a spread team built on offense and a defense built on rushing the passer which as evidenced in this game only works if the other team is passing.
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1. I think both teams would have pasted tOSU, Michigan, and Nebraska this year. I doubt The Big Ten's best team in the last five years could have measured up to either team.
2.I did not see a spread attack like I see when I watch the Big 12 teams playing toreador defense. Georgia gained plenty of yards inside and off tackle. Not very many sweeps or pitches that I noticed. But besides that, BOTH teams field excellent defenses. The style of play that Alabama relies on would work in a Midwest November game just as well as it does in the more southerly climes. Georgia seems more married to a passing attack. But it is not the insane Texas Tech aerial circus of Mike Leach vintage.
3.Somehow these teams both seem more complete than any Big Ten Teams. They have top flight players and depth throughout their roster. The best Big Ten Teams have stars that lead the team. But the stars are more than slightly better than the rest of their teammates. With the two SEC teams, the disparity between their top player and their pluggers is no where as big as it has been recently for all of the Big Ten stalwarts.
Just my two cents. I wish what I saw was not the way it seems to be. But reality is, The Big Ten is not playing top flight football now or in the recent past. Let's hope the arrival of Urban leads to growth in the league.
I'm not going to respond to the entire post right now, maybe I will at halftime or something, but you seriously say you don't think our best teams in recent years could match up with them? This has to be a joke, Georgia gave up well over 300 yards rushing and it was bad, Alabama has its worst defense in a number of years (not to say it's not still good) and and almost no straight up passing game to speak of. I guarantee our best over the last 5 years could not just beat Georgia, but beat them bad and quite possibly also beat Alabama.
I agree with you here. Both of those teams would likely beat every B1G team this year, but I don't think that's even a foregone conclusion, especially if they had to play one of those games up north in the cold.
Also, while both defenses have a lot of talent, a great defense doesn't get run over all day like Georgia did no matter who they're playing. And Alabama was really struggling to pressure the passer.
I think at least 5-6 B1G teams from the past five years were better than both of these teams are this year. Ohio State in 2009 and 2010, Iowa in 2009, Wisconsin in 2010 and 2011 and Michigan State in 2011.
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