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    Big Ten looked hungover on New Years Day

    Updated: January 2nd, 2011
  • CollegeFootballBreakdown.com

    In Bowl Matchups that have two teams with motivation, discoveries can be made as to the ability of each conference. After the Big Ten won its first two games of the Bowl Season as predicted by CollegeFootballBreakdown.com, the conference looked someone competitive with the other major conferences. But yesterday, the Big Ten went 0-5 losing all credibility by getting crushed by SEC Teams and dropping the Rose Bowl to an non-aq team. The biggest disappointments were Michigan State who lost by 42 points even though they had lost only one game previously all year and the Wolverines who lost 52-14 to the defensive minded Mississippi State Bulldogs who looked like an offensive juggernaut.

    What is this saying about the talent level in the Big Ten?

    The lack of speed has always been a question mark but don’t forget that Big Ten teams are normally built to play in colder weather. The real issue is that the conference is not nearly as physical as it is always advertised to be. Sure the players are often large in stature, but when you watch SEC players hit at the second and third levels, you realize that the Big Ten is missing explosiveness.

    Ohio State has had some fantastic recruiting classes so they should be able to stay with any team in the country. We’ll find out just how good they are when they tackle the Arkansas Razorbacks, a team that has played competitively against the SEC’s Best.
    The Buckeyes are carrying the Torch for a Conference that is trying to prove that it is still an elite conference in the country.

    JJ Beatz

  • JJBeatz


    John "JJBeatz" Jacobson is a handicapping analyst who covers the Big Ten, Sun Belt, MAC, Big East, Big 12 and Conference USA for www.collegefootballbreakdown.com. His nickname, "JJBeatz" was given to him by colleagues on Wall Street for his ability to make them money betting college football. JJBeatz is short for JJ beats the spread.

    John's passion for the sport of college football began when he played his first parlay card in elementary school. His fascination with making informative predictions allowed for a smooth transition into equity analysis and trading on Wall Street. As John often says, "Similar skills, such as money management, an analytical mind, hard work, an attention to detail, and perseverance, are needed in both trading and sports betting." JJ continues to work on his craft and loves to make people money.

    E-mail JJBeatz: jjbeatz@collegefootballbreakdown.com.

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