Every Saturday as I watch college football all day, the biggest and best games consistently come from the SEC. As of week seven in the AP poll, seven SEC schools are in the top twenty-five. Four of those teams are ranked in the top ten (Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, LSU). Based on the natural cycle of attrition within the SEC schedule, some of these teams will drop lower in the rankings as the season progresses. One thing is for certain though; the middle of the road teams playing in the SEC (some not ranked in the top twenty-five) probably would be ranked if they played in the Big Ten or ACC. Tennessee for example, if playing in the Big Ten, ACC, or Pac-12 would more than likely have one less loss than it has now.
Playing against the likes of Florida and Georgia already with Alabama and South Carolina yet to come, Tennessee has a tough game very week when it comes to national powerhouses. South Carolina probably has the toughest schedule in the nation with Georgia, LSU, and Florida consecutively and then ending with a season finale at Clemson.
One may argue that, due to the competitive nature of the SEC, it creates an unfair advantage to the rest of the nation with the BCS system. Out of the fourteen BCS champions since it all started in 1998, eight of them have been an SEC team. More amazingly is that the last six national champions have been from the SEC. Last season’s inter-conference rematch national championship game one could argue was lack-luster and unfair.
With a four-team playoff coming into effect two years from now, fans across the country will get their wish with undefeated schools more than likely getting into the BCS semi-final game. Based on strength of schedule I would not be surprised if at least two teams from the SEC will be ranked in the top four to qualify for the four team playoff. Last season SEC teams were 6-3 in bowl games. That was actually second to the Big-12 (6-2), but was somewhat skewed in that Alabama and LSU played against each other in the national championship. With nine out of twelve SEC teams being bowl eligible last year, that number will likely grow to at least ten this year with two more good teams (Missouri and Texas A&M) joining the conference.
Every week in the SEC there are multiple top twenty-five match-ups taking place between each team. With each passing week, the contenders and pretenders of the nation’s most dominant conference become more and more apparent. Look for Georgia to fade out of the top tier end of the conference, while Florida, South Carolina, and LSU will all be near the top with Alabama reigning supreme over them all. Maybe it’s the warm weather that keeps the best recruits down south or maybe it’s the coaching, but the SEC has set the standard for college football’s best conference. Who do you think has the best conference in college football? My vote goes to the SEC.
By: Craig Emmert