I’ve bragged on college gridiron coaches when they refuse to bow to the press. For example, I didn’t mind former Georgia Tech skipper Paul Johnson’s devilish sideline opinions after helping his Yellow Jackets whip Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl a few years back. “For once,” he chuckled,”we do not need to hear about the SEC.”
But take away the mindset, and that quote isn’t one of the words of ol’ CPJ.
National pundits will speak SEC football. As we should. The conference boasts 1 from two of the leading annual College Football Playoff contenders, along with the SEC’s University of Georgia is arguably as hard to conquer in a CFP match as Alabama as the decade winds to a close.
What’s more, that the SEC is simply a handful of decades’ removed from dominance of the FBS. Southeastern Conference schools won 7 national titles from 2006-2012.
An individual could argue that because that time, the ACC and Big Ten have only grown stronger, compared to SEC football becoming weaker. In reality it’s not really a grand concept to think about elite FBS apps (or even FCS programs for that matter) as”representing” a conference. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and a couple of select other groups may as well belong in another division. They each have to play at a seminar — but they would all look like a million dollars against just about any P5 program.
Alabama has won 2 national titles in the CFP era, same as the Clemson Tigers have.
The one problem is that the SEC is not sending as many teams to that upper stratosphere nowadays. UGA is obviously a powerhouse, but short-lived runs at the grail from other Southeastern colleges have seemed to be built on quicksand.
Nick Fitzgerald won games with his legs at Mississippi State, but he couldn’t win them all like that. Drew Lock could zing an NFL ball but he has moved on since last year. LSU knows how to let down a fan base, and Texas A&M knows the way to come close-but-no-cigar vs the aristocrats of the game.
Will the duopoly ever be contested? Can Nick Saban or even Kirby Smart surprise in either division of the SEC?
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