We're Talking Big Here

Aug. 10, 2005

We’re the biggest. Well, we’re the strongest. No, man, we’re the biggest, strongest, and best.

The debate – which college football conference is the nation’s best – is another annual rite of the month of August and an official by-product of college football team’s media day activities and more.

So, what conference is the nation’s best – on paper, before the season begins – in 2005?

Kirk Ferentz spoke with admiration of his Hawkeyes and his team’s peers in the Big Ten Conference earlier this week when he kicked off Iowa’s annual media day. Deep, talented and with the known quantities – Michigan and Ohio State – at the top.

“I think Purdue deserves a mention, too,” Iowa’s head coach added while noting that his squad has to travel to West Lafayette, Ind., during its 2005 league slate.

ESPN’s Ivan Maisel and Pat Forde also weighed in on the topic. Click HERE to read what they had to say. Fans and historians of the Big Ten will also likely enjoy Forde’s look at the Big Ten. It’s not the “Big Two” many think it is.