As an SEC fan, the Alabama Mich State game was totally what I expected.
I may have SEC blinders on, but I think that Urban Meyer beat Alabama last year by playing knowing how to play SEC-football.
I don't think that MSU was quite ready for an SEC opponent of Alabama's caliber.
Alabama Clemson should be fun!
Then how do you explain Michigan blowing out Florida far worse than Alabama did? Jim Harbaugh has no SEC experience.
Because Harbaugh is a really good coach, Michigan got better almost every week, and the Wolverines had something to prove in that bowl game (yes, everyone else is tired of hearing how good the SEC is and wants to take them down a peg!). Florida, on the other hand, was not that good a team on average (really good defense, really awful offense), and the defense, which absolutely carried them every game this year, had zero desire to play a bowl game all by themselves. They got up for the SEC title game, it was a (very low) chance to make the playoffs, prove a conference point, and win a meaningful trophy. The WhoCares.com bowl was just standing in the way of a veteran and tired defense going pro that knew it would get no help from the offense.
But was the Florida/Michigan game a real indicator of all SEC teams versus all Big10 teams? No. Just the same way AL/Mich State wasn't either. Or the embarrassment for the Big10 that was Iowa in the Rose Bowl. Or the massive difference in quality between the SEC East, which isn't any better than any other Power 5 division in any other conference, and the SEC West, which is, unfortunately, the deepest division in college football.