So everyone knows or assumes that the Big Ten is a slow boring conference. The players can't run like those of the Pac 10 SEC or Big 12. The games are pound the ball slow white guys running around. Or at least thats what all the talking heads would have you belive.
I think one of the Big Ten's problems is over exposure and the times of the games. Think about it. What other conference puts its 5-6th best times to a national audience at 11 am local time like the Big Ten does. Minnesota vs. Nothwestern at 11am local time in the cold on ESPN for the whole country to see. Sounds like great TV. It's not that other conferences don't have these games, it that you just dont see them. Have you ever tried to watch Iowa State vs. Kansas at 11am, or LSU vs. Vanderbilt at Noon? Its horrible.
They eye test is true and I really think night vs day games really adds to this half "myth" of speed. Think about the NFL. Ever go to a bar on Sunday and watch all the 1pm games? The teams look slow and not interested. But turn on Sunday night football and MNF and holy cow, players are flying around everywhere making huge hits and great plays. Even the Bears looked amazing on MNF, (has anyone watched a Bears game at Noon this year? even the games they win they looked slow and horrible).
So starting last night, and on through your Big Ten bowl season, watch the games and think. Does this team across the field from the Big Ten, seem faster, make bigger hits. Wisconsin won last night vs the most athletic team in the country. They sure didn't look slow under the lights. Wisconsin's D was all over the field making plays. Just something to think about during the holiday. Happy viewing.