I will do my best Birdofthad impression to resolve this
Regret claims that Ohio State as God’s gift to football, and also claims the Big Ten is superior to the SEC. He boasted that Ohio State would beat every team in the SEC. He also said the Big Ten has a better than .500 record against the SEC. On an OSU site I read that the Big Ten has a 95-88-7 advantage over the SEC. Which is probably the same garbage the Regret read. The SEC claims that they have a 68-51-2 advantage. Who's right?
So a little background on the SEC, It was formed in 1932 as the first big-time football conference in the deep south. Before that football was largely undeveloped in the south. Before 1932 the only two football powers in the south were Alabama and Tennessee who were in the Southern Conference. Many members of the Southern Conference no longer play big time football (i.e. Sewanee). The Southern Conference didn't morph in the SEC; in fact the Southern Conference is still in existence. Teams like Chattanooga play in it. The formation of the SEC was almost solely responsible for the growth of quality football in the south
I went to http://football.stassen.com/
to find the truth. All searches were from 1932 to 2009. I searched all teams in the SEC even teams no longer in the SEC. Searches for Arkansas and South Carolina were from 1991 to 2009 because before that South Carolina was in the ACC and Arkansas was from the Southwest Conference. Below are results of SEC teams while they were in the SEC against Big Ten teams while they were in the Big Ten. Big Ten homers try to take credit for PSU's success. Keep in mind most of their success came when they were independent. It would be like the Vatican claiming credit for Notre Dame's titles. Very misleading. Let’s look at the results:
1. Florida (8-4) vs. Big Ten (5-4) in Bowl games against the Big Ten and 1-0 vs. Ohio State
2. Vanderbilt (5-5-1) vs. Big Ten; (0-0) in Bowl games against the Big Ten (yes Vandy is .500 against the Big Ten, pathetic huh?)
3. Ole Miss (0-2) vs. Big Ten; (0-1) in Bowl games against the Big Ten (shame on you Eli and Archie)
4. Tennessee (8-4) vs. Big Ten; (8-4) in Bowl games against the Big Ten and 1-0 vs. Ohio State (shame on you baby Peyton)
5. Georgia (8-1) vs. Big Ten; (7-0) in Bowl games against the Big Ten and 1-0 vs. Ohio State
6. Bamer (5-3) vs Big Ten; (4-3) in Bowl games against the Big Ten and 3-0 vs Ohio State
7. LSU (6-4-1) vs Big Ten; (3-2) in Bowl games against the Big Ten and 1-0 vs Ohio State
8. Miss State (1-1) vs Big Ten (0-0) in Bowl games against the Big Ten
9. Auburn (6-3) vs Big Ten; (6-3)in Bowl games against the Big Ten and 1-0 vs Ohio State
10. Kentucky (16-16) vs Big Ten; (1-1) in Bowl games against the Big Ten (on going series with IU, their cousin from the Big Ten)
11. *S. Car (3-2) vs Big Ten; (2-2) in Bowl games against the Big Ten and 2-0 vs Ohio State (really Ohio State?)
12. *Arkansas (0-3) vs Big Ten; (0-3) in Bowl games against the Big Ten (shame on you Bill Clinton)
13. *G. Tech (0-1) vs. Big Ten; (0-0) in Bowl games against the Big Ten
14. *Tulane (2-2) vs. Big Ten; (0-0) in Bowl games against the Big Ten
15. *Sewanee (0-0) vs. Big Ten (0-0) in Bowl games against the Big Ten (yes this team was in the SEC)
All time: 68-51-2 in favor of the the SEC
Bowls: 36-23 in favor of the SEC
*S. Carolina (1991-2009) Arkansas (1991-2009) G Tech (1932-1964) Tulane (1932-1966) Sewanee (1932-1940)
All other teams (1932-2009)
Only Mississippi and Arkansas have a losing record against the Big 10 going from the SEC's inception in 1932 (Ark 1991) on. Bamer is the only other school to have a better record against other SEC schools than against the Big Ten.
The Big Ten conference was founded in 1896. Ohio State joined in 1912. Michigan State in 1953. PSU in 1993.
The Big Ten apologists run everything together. For instance, Chicago beat Sewanee in 1901, this counts as a win for the big ten and a loss for the SEC in their book even though the SEC didn't come along for another 31 years. Pretty misleading eh? It would be like blaming Nixon for 9/11. Why should the SEC be docked because South Carolina lost games to the Big Ten when they were a member of the ACC? Just being in the SEC means recuiting will be easier and inprovement comes from beating better comp.
Michigan is the only team with any prolonged success against the SEC with a record of 12-4. So props to Michigan. Hail to the victors indeed! Bravo Rich Rod. Jk. Regret prolly doesn't like that fact.
If people want to argue about big 12 vs. SEC that’s fine. Got a lot of respect for the quality of football played in the Big 12. Texas and OU are two of the most historic programs in history. Lots of National Championships between those two. Nebraska too.
Big Ten? Not so much. And sense Ohio State and Michigan both have a losing record in bowl games I would argue the Big Ten has always been vastly overvalued. The Big Ten were the best when there was no one else around. Kinda like saying a typewriter is better than a computer.
Losing 44-14 to Florida is just a game. Going 0-9 over 30 years or so, is a pattern
Regret, go ahead and run these numbers is you want. Just because you say the Big Ten is +.500 does not mean they are. But hey atleast Ohio State beat Vanderbilt in 1933.