One Big's Better Than The Other
Is the Big East a better conference than the Big Ten?
June 29, 2007
By Trev Alberts
Special to CSTV.com
Trev Alberts is a football analyst for CSTV and CSTV.com.
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Right now, with this coming season, despite the difference in the number of teams, which do you think is a stronger overall football conference, the Big East or the Big Ten? - Ben Crawford
That's a great question. I have to tell you, and I think I might have said it before, but it bears repeating: Mike Tranghese, the commissioner of the Big East, has done a wonderful job leading that conference. He got hammered when he was the head of the BCS and I could raise my hand of being guilty of thinking the Big East should not have received an automatic bid to the BCS. It was a conference in flux, soon headed to irrelevancy level. But I respect what they've been able to accomplish.
My opinion would be that the Big Ten is more established and they have traditions that can't be put down, like Michigan-Ohio State. Are they as strong as they once were? Probably not. But they're still the Big Ten. And I think their status extends beyond football.
That being said, I don't think you can speak highly enough of the Big East. Has there been a transition of power? Sure.
I'm not ready to make the leap to say who is better. It's not fair. But the Big East has come a long way from being decimated from the defections. They're not just standing there. They're competing at the highest level. The Big East is more than a viable conference. And they're only going to get better.
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