ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum appeared on Get Up! this morning and discussed a number of gridiron-themed topics ahead of the 2018 season.
Finebaum, of course, was asked about the SEC - his beloved conference - and if the Big Ten is actually better than it heading into the fall.
In short, according to Finebaum: No, it's not.
“That’s not possible to make that statement right now for a couple of reasons,” Finebaum said in regards to the Big Ten possibly being better than the SEC. "In college football, what you do at the end of the season matters. I need not tell you, in the final game last year we had two SEC teams playing for the national championship. We did not have a Big Ten team in the Playoff for the first time. In fairness, the Big Ten won the first Playoff with Ohio State, but since then, the Big Ten has been in the Playoff two times. Michigan State and Ohio State. If my math is correct, the combined score of those two games on the losing end was 69-0. You have to look at the College Football Playoff.
"The top of the Big Ten is fantastic, but the top of the SEC isn’t bad either. There are good teams at the top. Now there’s drop-off in the middle. On the next to the last of July, that’s great statement to make (Big Ten is better), I’m not buying it though.”
ESPN host Mike Greenberg had said that the Big Ten is stronger at the top than the SEC, with teams like Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin, among others.
Finebaum, of course, responded with the national title level of success the SEC had in 2018.
"Alabama, which you don’t think belonged in, beat the No. 1 seed in Clemson, then beat Georgia,” Finebaum said. “Ohio State lost by 31 points to Iowa, an average team. The committee, as much as I hate to admit this, they’ve gotten it right every year. They have not missed on one team yet."
You can read Finebaum's full quotes here.