Does the historical aspect really matter? I dont think anyone is arguing that the Big 10 hasnt been a great conference from a historical perspective, and certainly better than the SEC at several points throughout the history of the 2 conferences. But in present day, the Big 10 is not as good as the SEC. Great, Michigan beat Florida last year in a second tier Bowl game. Florida was also only 5-3 in the SEC, so its not as if they ran through the SEC last year either. Realistically, that was the Big 10s second best team, against the SECs 5th best team. The big 10s other top 2 teams were both embarrassed in their bowl games, for the second consecutive year. How you can watch the Big 10s top tier teams get ran off the field in the past 2 bowl seasons, and still argue that it is a good conference is beyond me. IF not for the historical greatness of OSU, Michigan, and Penn state, nobody would give 2 craps about that conference and even think to consider it on the same level as the SEC, Pac 10, or Big 12. Its closer to the ACC than the SEC. A few pretty good teams, but mostly mediocre.