Steve Spurrier makes jab at Big Ten's depth

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From the can’t-the-season-just-start-already file, Steve Spurrier made headlines Sunday by making a jab at the Big Ten. Spurrier, in reference to Nick Saban’s idea for the “Power Five” conferences to only play one another, knocked the Big Ten’s depth. See the quote in this post.

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Really, I’m not so sure this is so much a knock on the Big Ten as it is a compliment to East Carolina. The Pirates are fresh off a 10-3 season and are expected to have another solid team.

One expert seems to agree:

That said, Spurrier might want to consider his own conference, too, when referencing a lack of depth. The SEC had two winless teams in conference last season, with Arkansas and Kentucky both going 0-8, and six of its 14 teams finished under .500 in SEC play; in comparison, the then-12-team Big Ten had one and five, respectively.

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akble on 8/4/2014 @ 2:24pm EDT Said:

Spurrier made similar complaints about having to play Iowa in 2009 Bowl when his team was obviously superior in speed and depth. Iowa 31- SC 10 -

brady on 8/4/2014 @ 2:45pm EDT Said:

He is just bitter about the pounding Nebraska handed him in 95…get over it!

Jonathan Schmidt on 8/4/2014 @ 3:00pm EDT Said:

So put Iowa, or Northwestern on his schedule for regular season…he’ll keep is mouth shut.

Bangie on 8/4/2014 @ 3:12pm EDT Said:

If Spurrier is such a good coach, how come no Big 10 team has picked him up??

Steve on 8/4/2014 @ 3:14pm EDT Said:

I was at the Outback bowl where the “lesser team” Iowa crushed SC. Spurrier obviously has a short memory and I have never liked him or his arrogance.

B1Gfan MI on 8/4/2014 @ 3:17pm EDT Said:

I’m sure he came up with that bit of intellect while waiting to make the turn at Augusta !

paversity on 8/4/2014 @ 3:17pm EDT Said:

I’m by no means a Saban fan (at all), but his point was clearly about non-conference games. He already has to play the bottom of his conference; it’s inadequacies are already unavoidable to him and irrelevant to his point. When scheduling non-conference games, he apparently wants greater choice, preferring to be able to select the best of smaller conferences over being potentially tied to choosing from the worst of big conferences. If you limit yourself to the five conferences, it’s clear you’d have to play inferior teams at home and away in reciprocity (the common 1-and-1). Traditionally, power schools use the first few games for forced home games against smaller conferences’ teams for “practice” and no promise of a return away game. Five conferences with some 60 teams will likely still have a quarter of them underperforming, but all required to be considered. Saban apparently isn’t interested in that, in word if not by practice (along with East Carolina, they still have Furman and South Alabama). His point is valid if you believe he doesn’t want any “gimme” games. I don’t think they’re completely inescapable, but the current model allows power conference teams to often avoid 1-and-1, which at least allows a maximization of home games.

George Bush on 8/4/2014 @ 3:19pm EDT Said:

Lets have the big mouth from Columbia schedule any Big Ten Team on a home and home schedule. For that matter how about Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M, LSU or Ga. doing the same thing. Obviously some of these games should be played in late November in the Midwest. There must be a reason the SEC teams rarely ever play any game north of the Mason-Dixon line….yet nearly ALL bowl games and OOC games are played in SEC territory

Vinny on 8/4/2014 @ 3:49pm EDT Said:

Did he forget that he got his ass kicked when he was at Florida by Nebraska Hello!

Dtrain on 8/4/2014 @ 3:56pm EDT Said:

Spurrier is still bitter that he thought he was taking the USC(Southern Cal) job when the Gamecocks called.

Tim on 8/4/2014 @ 5:04pm EDT Said:

Let’s not also forget that Iowa beat LSU and Florida (should have been twice,but the refs blew an on side kick call on Iowa which saved the game for FLA). These would be the powerhouse teams of the SEC minus Alabama and non-powerhouse of the big 10 (not OSU or Michigan) Iowa stuck it to em! GO Hawks!!!

Gary on 8/4/2014 @ 5:06pm EDT Said:

Lets all schedule South Alabama in November and then talk trash. What a joke.

Susan K Foltz on 8/4/2014 @ 5:22pm EDT Said:

When coaches become the focus of college football, instead of the team and college/university academics we are in big trouble.

Dave on 8/4/2014 @ 5:28pm EDT Said:

an end-of-season game or games,SEC vs B1G, played in REAL football weather; ie cold and snow? Could the pretty boys do it against us? Schedule a home and home for the T’giving weekend.,,,see how they like REAL NFL weather!

Jim on 8/4/2014 @ 8:04pm EDT Said:

Tim OSU is a big 10 power along with MSU, NEBRASKA, and WISCONSIN. But to even throw Michigan into that conversation is just pla delusional. Michigan football died with Bo.

Martin VonFraizer on 8/4/2014 @ 8:13pm EDT Said:

That old dusty man needs to learn that you are not going to win every time, he complains about every dang thing and sometimes never will drop it he always has and probably always will it has been in his nature to complain over stupid little call. sure he may of had a #1 pick in the draft but that doesn’t mean he is superior. I think he should start considering the retirement home. I am sorry if I am offending anyone or him but I am listing what has happened in the past.

Dave Turner on 8/4/2014 @ 8:30pm EDT Said:

The SEC coaches are delusionally arrogant. As has already been said, bring some of the Bowl games north or at least have some key non-conference match-ups played in late October and beyond at Big 10 sites as well as in the SEC’s backyard.

patrick hoxie on 8/5/2014 @ 12:43am EDT Said:

Yah the SEC really only ever has 1 good stacked team, maybe two. But other than that 1 team, the rest dont really dominate any big ten teams in bowls. even when the game is an hour from their homes, except for that 1 great team, the rest of the SEC doesnt really impress me that much. They all ride the coat tails of whoever is really good at that moment. RIght now its Alabama. It used to be Florida. Before that it was LSU. Auburn gets sprinkled in there every now and then. THe SEC gets most of the hype because the best team in the nation that gets all the 5 stars just so happens to be in the SEC every year. And i think we all know why that is, but i wont say.

hhusker Dennis on 8/5/2014 @ 1:52am EDT Said:

I cant remember the exact numbers but Neber. owens The SEC LSU HAS NEVER BEATEN neb. and others that have played more then a couple of games Alabama is the only school that has a winning record against us by 2 games I believe back when the bear ran Bama and nebr. beat him for the second or 3rd time in a row he cam out and said I finally got Neb. where I want them off my schedule.

jim on 8/5/2014 @ 8:57am EDT Said:

football is the SEC god. The Big Ten has always stressed academics first. My guess half those SEC players couldn’t get pass admissions into a Big Ten school.

Alan in Georgia on 8/5/2014 @ 9:21am EDT Said:

There is an easy answer to all of this. Beat them when you play them. We (BIG) get plenty of chances in the bowl games. Get it done then and they’ll start making excuses like you wouldn’t believe!!!

Paul rugby on 8/5/2014 @ 12:39pm EDT Said:

This comment makes about as much sense to say as sc has national championships, 0

Howard on 8/5/2014 @ 4:28pm EDT Said:

look any big ten team could kick SC butt any day of the week and weekends too like he knows any thing about the big ten o wait he does know knows how to lose to us.

Jadeveon Clowney on 8/5/2014 @ 10:54pm EDT Said:

That old dusty man needs to learn that you are not going to win every time, he complains about every dang thing and sometimes never will drop it he always has and probably always will it has been in his nature to complain over stupid little call. sure he may of had a #1 pick in the draft but that doesn’t mean he is superior. I think he should start considering the retirement home. I am sorry if I am offending anyone or him but I am listing what has happened in the past

Richard Barnes on 8/6/2014 @ 2:17am EDT Said:

My response? Crickets…..

Gary on 8/6/2014 @ 10:03am EDT Said:

Spurrier’s SC team has beaten a big 10 team in a bowl game each of the last three years.

GRT on 8/6/2014 @ 4:59pm EDT Said:

“look any big ten team could kick SC butt any day of the week and weekends too like he knows any thing about the big ten o wait he does know knows how to lose to us.”

1/1/2014 South Carolina 34 Wisconsin 24
1/1/2013 South Carolina 33 Michigan 28
1/2/2012 South Carolina 30 Nebraska 13

Iowa beat USC in 2009 and USC beat Ohio State in 2001 and 2002.