All through the fall I’ve been hearing this chatter from SEC fans about their SUPER conference, dominance, etc, et al, blah blah blah. And aside from some of these SEC fans being among the most obnoxious and arrogant I’ve ever known, it seemed they had a good point.
But something about it just gnawed at me. Something didn’t fit.
An then last night, as I watched Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide dismantle my beloved Fighting Irish in the BCS title game, it hit me: this isn’t about the SEC—it’s about Nick Saban. He's the one-man wrecking crew that has lifted the SEC into prominence! Follow me for a minute…
As an aside--the eighth championship not in the lineage above was won by Auburn just two years ago. Was it a fluke? Well, that coach has already been fired. Win a national title, and you can't even make it through two complete seasons after. So I'm just discounting Auburn's run as a brief Cam Newton sighting.
So back to your "dominant" conference? Well let's see: bowl losses this year to mighty Northwestern; a bowl loss by kingly LSU to Clemson; and two of your top ranked teams, Georgia and South Carolina, were taken to the wire by very average Nebraska and Michigan squads.
Oh, and I seem to have forgotten my own personal favorite: 3rd ranked Florida, who complained that they were left out of the BCS championship game, getting blown out--and I mean torched--by one of the Big East's FOUR co-champions, 21st ranked Louisville. You remember the Big East? That's the conference that was built for basketball and is in the process of going out of existence...?
Apparently, Florida's membership card in the most dominant conference in the history of college football had expired prior to kickoff...
So, all you (insert your favorite adjective here) SEC fans who want to credit your team with being part of the greatest conference in the history of college football: Cal and Arizona fans didn't do it with USC in the 80's; Northwestern and Minnesota didn't do it with Michigan and Ohio State in the 60's and 70's. How about you don't do it with arguably the greatest coach in the history of this hallowed game, and his sidekick. Here's to the great SEC! The conference of Nick Saban's Alabama, Nick Saban's LSU, Urban Meyer's Florida, and uh, all the other teams we could round up for them to beat.