Once they refuse to bow to the press, I have bragged on college gridiron coaches. For instance, I did not head former Georgia Tech skipper Paul Johnson’s devilish sideline remarks after assisting his Yellow Jackets whip Mississippi State at the Orange Bowl a few years back. “For once,” he chuckled,”we don’t have to hear about the SEC.”
But take away the mindset, and that quotation isn’t one of the words of ol’ CPJ.
National pundits will talk SEC football. As we ought to. The conference boasts 1 out of two of the leading annual College Football Playoff contenders, along with the SEC’s University of Georgia is possibly as hard to conquer in a CFP game as Alabama as the decade winds to a close.
Furthermore, the SEC is simply a small number of decades’ removed from dominance of the FBS. Southeastern Conference schools won 7 national titles from 2006-2012.
An individual could argue that because then, the ACC and Big Ten have only grown stronger, compared to SEC football becoming poorer. In reality it is no longer really a grand concept to think of elite FBS apps (or FCS programs for that matter) as”representing” a conference. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and a couple of select other teams might also belong in another division. They all have to play in a conference — but they’d all look like a million bucks against just about any P5 program.
Alabama has won two titles like the Clemson Tigers have.
The only issue is that the SEC is not sending as many groups into that upper stratosphere these days. UGA is obviously a powerhouse, but short-lived runs at the grail from other Southeastern colleges have appeared to be built on quicksand.
Nick Fitzgerald won matches with his legs at Mississippi State, but he couldn’t win them all like that. Drew Lock could zing an NFL ball at Missouri, but he has moved on since last year. LSU knows how to let a fan base, and Texas A&M knows the way to come close-but-no-cigar vs the aristocrats of this game.
Will the duopoly ever be contested? Can a sleeper surprise Kirby Smart or even Nick Saban in 2019 in either division of the SEC?
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