POWER CONFERENCE CLAIMS SEVENTH STRAIGHT TITLE
This week’s showdown in South Florida wasn’t the “national championship game …” no matter what the Bowl Championship Series (BCS)’ computers tell you. The real title game was played a month ago in Atlanta, Georgia – when No. 2 Alabama defeated third-ranked Georgia 32-28 for the Southeastern Conference championship.
This week’s game was an afterthought, which the Crimson Tide made perfectly clear in steamrolling past the “top-ranked” not-so-fighting Irish of Notre Dame, 42-14.
“This is potato famine bad,” one Irish fan noted on Twitter.
Of course it was a feast for Tide fans – and fans of college football’s most dominant football conference. Alabama’s evisceration of Notre Dame gave head coach Nick Saban’s team its third national title in four years – only the third time in the modern era such a feat has been accomplished. Add Auburn’s 2010 title to the mix and the last four BCS champions hail from the “Heart of Dixie.”
And add a pair of Florida crowns (2006 and 2008) sandwiched around an LSU championship in 2007 and the SEC is the proud owner of seven straight national titles.
And to think … had Oregon and Kansas State not lost big games on the same day last month, Alabama wouldn’t have even gotten a chance to play for the national championship. The best team in college football would have been frozen out. Also, based on the way Notre Dame played even the most visceral SEC hater has to admit that a far better title game would have been a ‘Bama-Georgia rematch.
Make no mistake, the SEC isn’t invincible. Clemson proved this in the Chick-fil-A Bowl by dispatching eighth-ranked LSU, while Louisville emphatically rebuked the notion of SEC superiority by blowing out Florida in the Sugar Bowl. But Georgia, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Mississippi all won bowl games against solid competition – and Alabama’s blowout win on the game’s biggest stage adding an emphatic exclamation point.