No one can argue against the top-to-bottom strength of the SEC. 10 conference teams finished in the Top 25 of the AP poll, which is incredibly impressive. However, the No. 1 team, Ohio State, resides in the Big Ten, and clearly that digs at some. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, who has long had a trying relationship with the Buckeyes from his days as Wisconsin head coach, took a shot at the defending national champs and their fairly light schedule during an SEC conference call today.
Bret Bielema throwing shade at Ohio St’s sched, opening salvo at selection comm: SEC is “whole other level in terms of competitive balance”
— Mike Herndon (@TheMikeHerndon) September 9, 2015
Bielema: “Ohio State has one game remaining with a ranked opponent. We have eight remaining against teams that are ranked.”
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 9, 2015
Bielema said if “If anyone tries to argue that, it’s nonsense.” Hinted that SEC teams would blow Ohio State’s SOS out of the water
— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) September 9, 2015
Bielema is right. As of now, the only ranked team remaining on Ohio State’s schedule is No. 5 Michigan State. However, there’s nothing Ohio State can really do about the strength of the Big Ten, especially when college football schedules are set years in advance. Also, when the SEC teams constantly brag about the strength of the conference, and rightfully so, it comes off as a bit disingenuous when coaches then complain about the weakness of other leagues.