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SEC vs. Big Ten War of Words Reaches the NFL

Charles LeClair - USA TODAY Sports

From the moment the final whistle blew in the Sugar Bowl earlier this year, a war of words between the SEC and the Big Ten has been erupting. Today that war between the two conferences reached the NFL level.

Former Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell made comments comparing himself and former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy.

“I feel I’ll be a better player because I’m more confident in myself,” said Bell, whose Steelers will face the Packers Sunday in the Steelers third preseason game. “I know exactly what’s going on. There’s nothing I haven’t seen. I’ve seen just about everything I think I need. The way I feel now, next year I’ll feel even better. I’m only going to continue to get better. I’m excited where I’m at.”

Bell has rushed for 2,221 yards, 1,253 receiving yards and has 19 total touchdowns in his carrier. Lacy has rushed for 2,317 yards, 684 receiving yards with 24 total touchdowns. In his rookie year, Lacy made the Pro Bowl after rushing for 11 touchdowns and 1,178 yards.

Eddy Lacy has shied away from the trash talk letting his play do the talking. Photo by Kyle Engman

Eddy Lacy has shied away from the trash talk letting his play do the talking. Photo by Kyle Engman

From their similar numbers to being drafted 13 picks apart in the 2013 NFL draft, these two running backs have always been compared to each other. Now that this war of words has reached the NFL level, the race is now on for each conference to prove that they are the best in all of football.

Ivan L. White is a contributor for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ilwhite1

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