Yep, I would put it as maybe 1 or 2 higher end team in the SEC. Though Pac-12 looks really legit. Yet I was glad to see the Big Ten be competitive and in the games against some very good teams. If you look at the games, I think they were the underdog in each game, and pulled up a few upsets. I know a lot of people will see only wins and losses, but when your conference has hit rock bottom, just showing up is a big step forward. Things don't just don't go 180 over night.
It's good for football for the conferences to be as equal as possible so in that regard I'm glad most of the conferences are making a decent showing. Methods of success always spread around sooner or later. Hell Bob Stoops even went to Alabama last spring to see what he could learn from their defense (I think he learned too well). Plus FSU hired two of our coaches.
Even though we lost I did see some adjustments by Alabama that I was happy to see (and didn't think I would). Maybe Lane Kiffin gave some good advice? Those adjustments in the running game at least kept it a ball game. Still not to a Gus Malzahn level but a step in the right direction for only a few weeks of practice. Now Saban needs to get enough guts to tell T.J. Yeldon he's not the featured running back anymore. Travis Henry is going to be great if he stays healthy.
P.S. Guts enough to get a new offensive coordinator would be even better but I'm not holding my breath waiting on that to happen.
Edited by MS256 - 1/3/14 at 2:06pm