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Big Ten Apparently Not As Slow As We Southerners Think

Every December those of us down South begin saying the same thing.

“That Big Ten team can’t beat a faster SEC team!”

Scan today’s links and you’ll find an Outback Bowl preview touting the standard “Big Ten strength versus SEC speed” storyline.

But if you look at the actual bowl results from the last four years, you’ll find that the Big Ten has hung with the SEC during the holidays… and then some.

The games that stick out to everyone, of course, are those national title beatdowns administered to Ohio State by Florida and LSU.

But since 2004, the SEC is only 5-6 against the Big Ten in bowl games. 

The league is 19-10 overall. 

In other words, against everyone but the Big Ten, the SEC is 14-4 over the past four seasons.

In terms of winning percentage, it looks like this:

SEC vs Big Ten — .455

SEC vs All Others — .777



Just some food for thought if your school is lining up against a Big Ten team in the next couple of days: The match-up might not be the “tortoise versus hare” battle that you expect.



2007-2008 (7-2 overall, 2-1 vs Big Ten)

Liberty Bowl – Mississippi State 10, UCF 3
Independence Bowl – Alabama 30, Colorado 24
Music City Bowl – Kentucky 35, Florida State 28
Chick-fil-A Bowl – Auburn 23, Clemson 20
Outback Bowl – Tennessee 21, Wisconsin 17
Cotton Bowl – Missouri 38, Arkansas 7
Capital One Bowl – Michigan 41, Florida 35
Sugar Bowl – Georgia 41, Hawaii 10
BCS Title Game – LSU 38, Ohio State 24



2006-2007 (6-2 overall, 1-2 vs Big Ten)

Music City Bowl – Kentucky 28, Clemson 20
Liberty Bowl – South Carolina 44, Houston 36
Chick-fil-A Bowl – Georgia 31, Virginia Tech 24
Outback Bowl – Penn State 20, Tennessee 10
Cotton Bowl – Auburn 17, Nebraska 14
Capital One Bowl – Wisconsin 17, Arkansas 14
Sugar Bowl – LSU 41, Notre Dame 14
BCS Title Game – Florida 41, Ohio State 14



2005-2006 (3-3 overall, 1-1 vs Big Ten)

Independence Bowl – Missouri 28, South Carolina 31
Chick-fil-A Bowl – LSU 40, Miami3
Cotton Bowl – Alabama 13, Texas Tech 10
Outback Bowl – Florida 31, Iowa 24
Capital One Bowl – Wisconsin 24, Auburn 10
Sugar Bowl – West Virginia 38, Georgia 35



2004-2005 (3-3 overall, 1-2 vs Big Ten)

Music City Bowl – Minnesota 20, Alabama 16

Chick-fil-A Bowl – Miami 27, Florida 10
Outback Bowl – Georgia 24, Wisconsin 21
Capital One Bowl – Iowa 30, LSU 25
Cotton Bowl Bowl – Tennessee 38, Texas A&M 7
Sugar Bowl – Auburn 16, Virginia Tech 13

 


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