Time to Expose the Bottom Half of the B1G

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I’m tired of hearing about the B1G this year. The bottom half of the conference was over-hyped entering the season and the talking heads need to start acknowledging it. There’s a huge difference between “the best conference” and “a well balanced” one.

In my opinion, these are the tiers of the B1G right now:

Excellent Teams: Michigan (18-1)
Good Teams: Ohio State (18-6), Illinois (18-6), Iowa (17-7)
Average Teams: Purdue (16-8), Wisconsin (16-9), Rutgers (13-9), Michigan State (13-9)
Below Average Teams: Maryland (14-10), Indiana (12-12), Minnesota (13-12)
Bad Teams: Penn State (8-13), Northwestern (7-14), Nebraska (6-17)

The reality of the B1G is that the top 4 teams can compete at the highest level, and everyone else is a total crapshoot that can occasionally force an upset. They’re no different than any other power conference this year.

The narrative that Minnesota and Indiana are bubble teams needs to stop immediately, and if Michigan State loses to Maryland, the same thing goes for them. It’s pathetic that UConn and Xavier are in the same conversation as these teams, and meanwhile Rutgers, Purdue, Maryland and Wisconsin are completely safe. If you have 10+ losses in a shortened season, you don’t deserve a safe spot in the field. If you have 12+, you shouldn’t even be in the conversation.

The B1G should be a 6 or 7 bid league this year, certainly not 10 or 11.
 

Jorgensen

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dr. steve brule yes GIF
 

HuskyHawk

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Aside from Iowa, I endorse this. Iowa is very very good. 2nd best team in B1G.
 

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