When most national sports writers speak about schools dethroning the SEC’s run of seven straight national championships, the usual suspects are identified; Oregon, Stanford, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida State, and Notre Dame to name a few.
However, when those same writers talk about conferences that stand to unseat the SEC, the B1G usually isn’t at the top of the list. Many feel the Pac 12 with Oregon and Stanford is the closest conference with a shot followed by the Big 12 with Oklahoma and a somewhat surging Texas Longhorns.
Most feel like when it comes to the B1G it’s back to the old school “big 2 and little 10(11, 13)”. Ohio State and Michigan have noticeably separated themselves when it has come to recruiting in the B1G, which led Urban Meyer to call out the coaches and their level of recruiting. When the B1G expanded to include Maryland, Nebraska, and Rutgers, most pundits chuckled at the thought of the B1G returning to football prominence. The fact of the matter is, if the B1G is to return form, it is going to be the Indiana, Minnesota, and Purdue’s of the world who hold the key for success. Read More
Continuing our look around the nation, Tim takes a quick look at the winner of the last eleventy BCS championships. If you’re a fan of one of these programs, be sure to have someone read this for you (note: does not apply to Vanderbilt).
How does the conference fall in the national rankings? How likely are they to have a team in the title game?
I’ve come to learn in sports, there are no “sure things.” Recently, though, an SEC team playing for (and winning) the National Championship in college football is about as close to a sure thing as there is. Last year, we even saw something nobody ever thought we would—two teams from the same conference playing for it all.
I was one that supported the rematch between LSU and Alabama. They were the two best teams in college football last year, no question. And, with no other team going undefeated and no playoff system, I want to see the two best teams play for the title. Do I think that will happen again this year? Both teams are loaded again, but the answer to that question is no.
The SEC has produced the last six National Champions, and big favorites to make that lucky number seven this season. They currently have five teams in the top ten of the coaches’ poll and seven ranked overall. If I were a betting man, I would put big money on an SEC team playing for the title.
Who’s the best team in the conference? Who will play for the conference title game?
I’ve gone back and forth on this a dozen times. LSU and Alabama are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the coaches’ poll. But, with the recent news of the dismissal of LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, I’m going to pick the Crimson Tide as the best team in the SEC, and thus be the winners of the SEC West.
Another tough choice in the SEC East between Georgia and South Carolina, but I’m going with the Bulldogs. Georgia was routed by LSU in the 2011 SEC Championship game, but quarterback Aaron Murray is back to lead the boys from Athens yet again. I look for a Alabama-Georgia SEC Championship Game with the Crimson Tide bringing home the victory.
Who are the worst teams in the conference? Read More