Much more relevant than h2h bowl games in determining which conference
has performed better in the BCS era:
As for bowl records, this past year, a very good one for the B10 btw,
the B10 was 4-3, the SEC was 6-4.
2009: B10 4-3, SEC 6-4
2008: B10 1-6, SEC 6-2
2007: B10 3-5, SEC 7-2
2006: B10 2-5, SEC 6-3
2005: B10 3-4, SEC 3-3
2004: B10 3-3, SEC 3-3
2003: B10 3-5, SEC 5-2
2002: B10 5-2, SEC 3-4
2001: B10 2-4, SEC 5-3
2000: B10 2-4, SEC 4-5
1999: B10 5-2, SEC 4-4
1998: B10 5-0, SEC 4-4
Overall bowl records: B10 38-43, SEC 56-39
We have to go back to 2002 before we find the last time that the B10 had
a better bowl record, %-wise, than the SEC or won more bowl games than
The SEC has won more bowl games than the B10 seven times, the B10 more
than the SEC 3 times.
Eight times the SEC has had a better bowl win %, three times the B10 has
had a better bowl win %.
So adding it all up, we know that:
1) The SEC has been far better than the B10 in BCS bowls
2) Has been far better than the Big 10 in all bowls
3) Sagarin says that the SEC has been far better than the B10 in the
overall performance of all conference teams.
Seems like whether we're talking about the cream of each conference (BCS
bowl record), the cream-to-middle (overall bowl record), and the
entirety of each conference (overall Sagarin rankings), the SEC has just
been far better.
Of course everyone outside of B10 homers on RSFC knows this. Sad that so
much ink had to be spilled proving the obvious ...
"no insect hangs it nest on threads as frail as those
that will sustain the weight of human vanity".
- Edith Wharton