Top, Bottom, Middle Tiers Comparison in Big Ten vs. SEC
talking about the lower tiered teams, I don't really see any difference between Vanderbilt, Kentucky, South Carolina, Northwestern, Indiana or Minnesota. In fact, I'd have to say that traditionally, Vanderbilt is probably the worst of these 'bottom three' teams and Minnesota is the best (although obviously not this year). I can't give the SEC an edge there.
I can't really give the SEC an overall edge among the top teams - Michigan, OSU, Penn State vs. LSU, Tennessee and Florida (though this year it would probably have to be SEC). The only real edge for the SEC would be the middle. And that is only there when discussing the Michigan State and Illinois type teams. I think depending on the year, teams like Iowa, Wisconsin and Purdue are toe to toe with the Ole Miss, Alabama and Auburns of the world.