Commentary

BCS National Championship pits Big Ten vs. SEC

Updated: January 5, 2008, 5:10 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

No two fan bases are louder and prouder than those represented by Ohio State and LSU in this Allstate BCS National Championship Game.

The Big Ten and Southeastern conferences put more fannies in seats every autumn than any other leagues. They have more tradition than any other leagues. And they have more to argue about with each other than any other leagues.

An ESPN.com Tale of the Tape to tell 'em apart:

Tale of the tape: BCS Championship edition
Big Ten SEC
Football Stereotype Power Speed
National Champs
(since 1936)
13 16
Bowl Record vs.
Each Other
(since 2002)
9-7 7-9
Heisman Winners 14 8
Avg. Stadium Size 76,205 77,721
Biggest House The Big House
(107,501)
Neyland Stadium
(104,079)
Golden Decade 1970s
Woody vs. Bo
1990s
Three schools won national titles
'90s Acquisition Penn State Arkansas, South Carolina
Missed On Notre Dame Florida State
Dearly Departed Chicago Georgia Tech, Tulane
Token Academic School Northwestern Vanderbilt
Don't Mention Stephen Pamon Albert Means
Historic Underachiever Illinois South Carolina
Historic Overachiever Wisconsin Auburn
Famous Bo Schembechler Jackson
Iconic Headgear Michigan helmets
Woody's ball cap
Bear's houndstooth
Spurrier's visor
Fan Fashion Statement Grown men in jerseys Frat boys in ties
Chickwear Sweat suits Swim suits
Footwear Furry boots Flip-flops
Old-School Icon Fielding H. Yost Gen. Robert Neyland
Repeaters Archie Griffin wins two Heismans Manning family produces three great QBs
Baddest Dude Butkus Herschel
No Full Names Necessary JoePa Head Ball Coach
Staff Nepotism Jay Paterno Steve Spurrier Jr.
We Wuz Robbed Penn State 1994 Auburn 2004
Guy They Hate Les Miles, for turning down Michigan Charles Woodson, for stealing Peyton's Heisman
Best Tradition Postgame fifth quarter at Wisconsin Pregame tailgating in The Grove at Ole Miss
Slow To Embrace speed Integrate
Don't Mention II Maurice Clarett Logan Young
Signature Fight Song "Hail To The Victors" "Rocky Top"
Infamous Clemson Punches Woody fired for slugging Tigers player South Carolina pulled out of bowl for brawl with Tigers
Wildest Night Spot Beaver Stadium Tiger Stadium
League Hoppers Ron Zook Nick Saban
NFL Exile Coaches 0 4 (Petrino, Saban, Spurrier, Brooks)
Famous Fans Jim Belushi, Illinois James Carville, LSU
Alphabet Traditions Dotting the "I" at Ohio State Running through the "T" at Tennessee
Tailgate Staple Brats Barbecue
Politically Incorrect Mascot Chief Illiniwek Colonel Reb
Best Rivalry Trophy Floyd of Rosedale Golden Egg

Pat Forde is a senior writer for ESPN.com. He can be reached at ESPN4D@aol.com.