Danny Sheridan, the oddsmaker for USA Today Sports and apparent SEC-lover went on an Arkansas radio program on Wednesday and showed the world his ignorance. While on the program Sheridan apparently asserted that not one, not two…but five SEC second-string football teams would go undefeated in the Big Ten.
Sheridan: The second-string units from five SEC schools would each go undefeated in the Big Ten.
— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) August 6, 2014
It just goes to show the arrogance and ignorance that exists south of the Mason-Dixon line apparently.
Sheridan’s assertion would be laughable if it weren’t a statement that has a vocal minority throughout SEC territory. Such is the bigger-in-the-briches ego of a conference that has won seven of the final eight BCS National Championship games.
Now on to the laughable part of Sheridan’s assertion.
First evidence of laugh-ability? Nebraska 24, Georgia 19. The Cornhuskers took the Gator Bowl matchup with the Bulldogs despite having to play in bad conditions and with a rotation of second and third string quarterbacks.
Second evidence of laugh-ability? Michigan State and Ohio State.
Look, the truth is the Big Ten isn’t at the top of its game — and hasn’t been for about eight years. However, to say the second-string teams of Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU or South Carolina would plop in to the East division and beat Michigan State and Ohio State (not to mention Michigan or Penn State) is just ridiculous.
Last I checked, Michigan State ended last season by beating No. 2-ranked Ohio State and No. 11-ranked Stanford en route to a Big Ten and Rose Bowl title. It also left them ranked a horrible No. 3 in the country, behind only Auburn from that mighty SEC.
Finally, it’s also laughable to suggest coming in to a conference with some of the biggest, loudest and most intimidating stadiums in the country is a cakewalk. Nebraska thought it would come in and dominate out of the Big 12 and instead it got punched in the mouth by a place named Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis.
To suggest a bunch of second-stringers could come in to places like Beaver Stadium, Camp Randall, Michigan Stadium, The Horseshoe or Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. and run the table clean through is just laughable on its face.
While the Big Ten may not hang at the upper-echelon of the SEC (and entering 2014 that theory will be tested), few pundits don’t see the middle of the Big Ten as perhaps the toughest part of the conference.
Sheridan may be a good oddsmaker, but when the guy opens up his mouth to talk about X’s and O’s the guy proves he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
I hope you’ve enjoyed laughing at this guy’s “take” as much as I have.