Big Ten critics free to fire away

Originally Published: September 26, 2012
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has a message for all those treating his league like a piñata after the first four weeks of the 2012 season:

Swing away.

Point out the lack of a top-10 team, or even a postseason-eligible top-15 team (No. 14 Ohio State, the Big Ten's highest-rated team, is banned from the bowls this season).

Mock the Big Ten's 6-9 record against teams from BCS automatic-qualifying conferences and Notre Dame, and note that three of ...

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