January 8th, 2013 01:15 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Alabama, BCS, LSU, SEC
Nick Saban is now a legend and Alabama is back to being its dynastic self. Both are piling up BCS crystal footballs like they’re auditioning for “Hoarders.” Yet there’s one thing Saban hasn’t done. There’s one thing Alabama hasn’t done.
That’s win back-to-back Southeastern Conference titles.
Think about it. Saban has won a BCS crown in four of his last eight seasons as a college coach. He and Alabama have now won back-to-back national titles. But they haven’t repeated as SEC champs during that run. No one has since Tennessee won the league in consecutive years in 1997 and 1998.
Again, think about that. It’s literally easier to win the BCS championship than it is the SEC championship.
If you need further proof of the SEC’s overall strength, here are exhibits A through H:
* In the last 25 drafts, NFL teams have selected more players from the SEC than any other league.
* The SEC has now won seven BCS titles in a row.
* The SEC has won nine of the 15 BCS titles handed out all-time. That’s 60% of all national crowns since 1998. (What if undefeated Auburn had gotten a BCS invite in 2004 rather than Southern Cal, a team that has since been stripped of its title?)
* The SEC is 9-1 in the BCS Championship Game and the only defeat came at the hands of another SEC foe (Alabama’s win over LSU last year). To beat an SEC team in the BCS title bout you have to invite another SEC team.
* The average margin of victory when an SEC team faces a team from another conference in the BCS title game is a whopping 14 points. And during the league’s 2006-2012 run, the average margin of victory when the SEC faces another league in the title game has been 17 points.
* In BCS title games the SEC has beaten the ACC, the Pac-12, the Big Ten twice, the Big XII three times, and an independent.
* In the BCS era the SEC has dominated not only the title game, but all bowl games. The SEC’s overall postseason winning percentage during that span is 59%. No other major conference — ACC, Big Ten, Big XII, or Pac-12 — has a winning record for that period.
* On a hyper-local level, this website launched in 2008 and there has never been a day in this site’s history that an SEC program was not the defending national champion in football.
But what about the doubters?
On November 21st, CBSSports.com’s Gregg Doyel wrote that the SEC “is overrated” in 2012. “It’s a Ponzi scheme, this 2012 SEC fraud, built upon layers of air. Georgia is great because it has beaten Florida. Florida is great because it has beaten Texas A&M. Texas A&M is great because it has beaten Alabama. And Alabama is great because it has beaten… um, who has Alabama beaten, anyway?”
Apparently that 42-14 win by Alabama over Notre Dame last night served as smelling salts for Doyel:
“… the rest of us should be quiet, if we’re inclined to question the SEC’s dominance. It’s not smoke and mirrors. It’s not scheduling or officiating. It’s not a conspiracy by the TV networks.
The gap between the SEC and everyone else isn’t getting ridiculous; it is ridiculous. The SEC is so clearly superior to the rest of college football that the SEC’s conference title game in Atlanta deserves to be one of the two national semifinals in 2014 when college football does away with the SEC BCS national championship brought to you by Nick Saban — and ushers in the four-team playoff.”
Doyel goes on to torch his November 21st column which really takes the ammo out of our gun as that’s what we’d planned to do today.
So let’s take aim at Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde instead. Just five days ago he wrote a piece headlined: “SEC’s vulnerability should give Notre Dame added confidence against Alabama.” After stating that everyone had heard the theory that the Fighting Irish couldn’t stand up to the battle-tested SEC team from Tuscaloosa, Forde took aim at the theory. “There’s just one problem with that theory: The SEC hasn’t been so superior this bowl season. After Florida’s flop in the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday night, the League of Extraordinary Football — and Extraordinary Arrogance — is a measly 3-3, with three bowl games left… This has not been the customary Southern muscle flex at bowl time.”
Forde was not alone in barking about the SEC’s 3-3 bowl record at that point, which is why we went back and showed everyone that the league had won about 60% of its postseason games over the last 15 years. That number doesn’t seem too dominant until you compare that mark to the records of other conferences in bowl games during that same span (as we have in the piece linked to above).
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