Dienhart: What makes Michigan-Alabama even bigger

How big is Michigan’s season-opening game vs. Alabama in Arlington, Texas? It’s huge. It’s gargantuan. It’s Titanic. It’s epic. It’s a monstrosity. Not just for the Wolverines, but for the Big Ten and its image.

That’s all.

The mighty SEC has won the last six BCS titles, and eight of 14. And the SEC is 8-1 in the title game with the league’s lone loss coming … vs. itself in last year’s BCS title game!

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The Big Ten? It has one BCS title, which was when Ohio State pulled off one of the biggest upsets in sports history when it toppled a Miami team loaded with NFL talent after the 2002 season.

Add it all up: The Big Ten has 1.5 (Michigan shared the 1997 title) national titles since Ohio State won it all in 1968. So, that’s 1.5 championships in the last 42 seasons!

Yes, no titles will be on the line when the Wolverines and Crimson Tide meet on September 1 in the Cowboys Stadium.

But reputations will be. And Michigan can strike a blow for the Big Ten with a win over the defending national champions on what’s the biggest game of the opening week on the 2012 season.

That’s all.

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Doug on 6/12/2012 @ 11:36am EDT Said:

M has no chance vs Bama. MSU beating Boise will be the opening weekend’s biggest victory for the big ten.

Frank Decker on 6/13/2012 @ 1:28pm EDT Said:

very excited about this game, Michigan will be The Victor! End of discussion.

Alec on 6/13/2012 @ 3:45pm EDT Said:

I agree with Doug, Michigan has no chance against Bama. MSU’s chances against Boise State are much more favorable.

A on 6/19/2012 @ 9:37am EDT Said:

Boise is not a powerhouse. Bama is. Bama is the defending National Champs, not Boise. The sec has dominated college football over the past few years. Michigan pulling off a shocker would be huge for the BIG. Love or hate Michigan, people have to be more open minded and look at the bigger picture. The Big Ten needs this one, badly.