From top to bottom, the Big East is as strong as any conference in the country, when you look at the eight teams and how competitive it is each and every week. - Randy Edsall, yesterday to ESPN.
— Randy Edsall was (gasp) right. Kevin from The UConn Blog takes issue with Holly Anderson's silly dismissal of Edsall's comments. He does a very good job in dispensing with some plain factual errors, but I want to go a step further. Edsall was absolutely correct in all respects. The key phrase here being "From top to bottom". Thereby, if you take a mean average of the eight Big East teams, that mean team would compare favorably to a mean average team from other conferences. This fact is evidenced by the Big East's #2 finish in last year's Sagarin ratings (the Big East has not finished in last place since expanding back to full strength in 2005). Certainly, no Big East team would have stood a chance against Alabama last year, being the national champion and absolute cream of the crop of the SEC. Middle of the pack though, that's a different story, as the fifth place Big East team in UConn comfortably blew out South Carolina in their bowl matchup. When it comes to the SEC mean, Florida counts the same as Vanderbilt. Once you look around the country and see how few teams are willing to play quality OOC schedules, there isn't really much of substance left to Holly's shoddy argument.