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Years ago, I went to dinner with my brother and a friend. I mean, I’ve gone out to dinner many times since, but I remember this particular outing because of the candor of our waiter.

“How’s the crab rangoon?” our friend asked.

The waiter thought a moment before answering. “Not very crab,” he said.

Our friend wisely ordered the chicken chow mein.

I thought of that during last weekend’s college football action. If you didn’t know already, you might wonder, how’s the Big Ten? And I’d have to tell you: not very big.