The endless shots between the Big 12 and the SEC continue.
It all started when Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops made comments (via: Tulsa World), last week about the SEC, and he pretty much called the conference overrated. Nick Saban then decided to join the conversation and throw a light jab the other way in defense of the powerhouse conference.
"Do you know the stats? In the SEC, the record of the good guys and the bad guys?" Weis asked ESPN.com in a recent interview.
Weis continued to dig the hole deeper and wants folks to look at the numbers before assuming the SEC is the better conference:
I’m just sayin’, you look at the bottom of our league and the bottom of their league, just going based off the numbers, there’s validity in what he said, ... I’m just going based off the numbers, I mean, I’m a numbers guy. Just based off the numbers, you’d have to say he’s got a point.
Here is a number that should be considered. The SEC has won seven consecutive national championships. While the Big 12 coaches are arguing about bottom feeders and who has more depth, the SEC keeps on winning what counts the most. Maybe somebody needs to bring Herman Edwards into this debate. You play to win the game! Right now there is a lot of talking and less performing from one conference.
Weis then brought up the fact that nine of the 10 teams in the Big 12 reached a bowl game last season, according to the report.
"We were the only team in the whole league that didn’t play in a bowl game. It was us. We were the sole member," Weis said. "You talk about bottom-feeders, you think Iowa State was a bottom-feeder?"
That's cool. But considering there are 14 teams in the SEC and only 10 in the Big 12, it is time to bring out percentages for this argument. Luckily, Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report did just that in a recent column.
Stoops—a man who coaches in a conference where 40 percent of its members finished with seven or fewer wins—is complaining about the back end of the SEC, even though 43 percent of the SEC finished with seven or fewer wins last season.
What were we talking about again?
While we are still discussing numbers, Kansas has lost 21 straight games in conference play, including only winning one game all of last year. It seems like somebody is spending time in all of the wrong places.
There were eight SEC teams in the final AP Poll last year, including five in the top 10. The Big 12 had three in the entire poll. Are we still talking about numbers?
Look, there is no doubt the Big 12 is improving and will continue to hold its own with teams such as TCU, Iowa State and Baylor continuing to make great strides. However, it is hard to argue against a conference producing champions left and right and dominating the polls. It also isn't fair to critique the bottom teams in the SEC that get stuck playing these powerhouse programs on a weekly basis.
Who is to say they wouldn't have more success if they moved into the Big 12?
This bickering back-and-forth makes for great entertainment leading up to the season. But until the Big 12 actually wins something significant anytime soon, this will continue to come off as jealousy.
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