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After seeing UF repeatedly getting punched in the mouth by Louisville, I wouldn't be so quick to chirp about the SEC's defenses either, however. 'Bama's & LSU's are good, no doubt (and SC has Clowney, though, de-cleating hit aside, he mostly just helped Lewan's draft stock), but the rest of the SEC? I wouldn't say they're better than the B10 defenses. MSU had one of the most dominating defenses I've seen in college football (though they were done in by an atrocious offense; with an average offense that would get the defense off the field every so often, MSU would have gone to a BCS bowl; a good offense would have had Sparty challenging for the national title).
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Huskers' QB Says Big Ten Defenses Better Than SEC's
@AllTideUp AllTideUp: the numbers for TX and FL don't surprise me. UCF has a huge enrollment & Miami is a relatively small private school. In TX, TTech & Houston are much bigger schools than TCU, but TCU has made new fans out of neutrals in recent years with their recent success.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 3)
@Roggespierre @JansonRoberts @AndrewMartin @dafreshness318 For example, right now, Michigan & OSU have almost the same number of commits from OH (8 & 9, respectively).
@Roggespierre @JansonRoberts @AndrewMartin @dafreshness318 Also, this idea that the B10 currently loses local kids to the SEC simply doesn't jibe with reality. In 2012, there were 9 Rivals top 100 recruits in the B10 states. 7 of them went to B10 schools. Gunner Kiel committed to ND. A PA kid went to Rutgers. 0 went to an SEC school.
As a comparison, the states with SEC schools produced 46 Rivals top 100 recruits. 26 went to SEC schools. Most of the rest went to either ACC or B12 schools. 1 went to a B10 school.
@Roggespierre @JansonRoberts @AndrewMartin @dafreshness318 Ugh. Roggespierre, please research B10 recruiting a bit. NE OH is actually the recruiting goldmine in OH and Michigan under Hoke has done very well there.
@Roggespierre @JansonRoberts @AndrewMartin @dafreshness318
Roggespierre: Actually, that's not true at all (though that is the perception). Eastern PA has several times the population of Western PA (and produces several times the prospects).
@AndrewMartin @dafreshness318 BTW, here is the respective fan support in those states:
@AllTideUp All you've done is make the case that the SEC taking Cincy would be a bad idea. Taking Cincy would give the SEC less of an impact in OH than taking GTech would give the B10 in GA. Mind you, I don't think taking GTech would be a good idea by the B10 either.
And yes, OH has a ton of MAC schools. Key point: They're MAC schools. Do the 2 Sun Belt schools in LA lessen LSU's support in Louisiana at all?
Finally, we actually know how much support OSU and UGa have in their respective states. A much higher percentage of people in OH are OSU fans (70%) compared to the percentage of people in GA who are UGa fans (45%):
@AndrewMartin @dafreshness318 Calling VTech & NCSU scraps compared to GTech, Duke, or even UVa & UNC is just daffy.
OK, let me put it this way:
The SEC adding Cincy would challenge B10 hegemony in OH as much as the B10 adding Memphis would challenge SEC hegemony in TN. The SEC adding Pitt would be the equivalent of the B10 adding Louisville (except with better academics).
In fact, OSU fans probably outnumber Bearcat fans in Cincinnati by a greater number than Vol fans outnumber Tiger fans in Memphis. Actually, do Vol fans outnumber Tiger fans in Memphis?