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Earlier this week we made our case against Ohio State’s 2013 football team … arguing that a one-loss squad from the Southeastern Conference was a far better choice to play in the national championship game than the undefeated Buckeyes (who have one semi-quality win on their resume).

Our evidence? The Big Ten’s abysmal 8-16 record against the SEC dating back to January 1, 2007 – when Florida claimed the first of the SEC’s seven straight BCS national championships.

Obviously the past is largely irrelevant to this season, though … and if the No. 2 Buckeyes (12-0, 8-0 Big Ten) beat tenth-ranked Michigan State in this weekend’s conference championship, they will get a chance to play for the national title.

It’s as simple as that … (and maybe it should be).

Their likely opponent? Barring a miracle it will be top-ranked Florida State (12-0, 8-0 ACC), which is expected to roll over Duke in the ACC championship (even if Heisman Trophy frontrunner Jameis Winston is unable to play due to the scandal surrounding his alleged sexual assault).

Anyway, a reader recently noted that since we’d provided a breakdown for how the Big Ten has fared in the “age of the SEC,” we ought to do the same  for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Which is a genius idea …

Since Florida beat Ohio State to win the 2006 national championship, here’s a record of every game featuring head-to-head match-ups between the SEC and the ACC …

SEC WINS: Green ACC WINS: Red)

11/30/2013: Vanderbilt 23 – Wake Forest 21
11/30/2013: Georgia 41 – Georgia Tech 34
11/30/2013: Florida State 37 – Florida 7
11/30/2013: South Carolina 31 – Clemson 17
9/7/2013: Miami FL 21 – Florida 16
8/31/2013: Alabama 35 – Virginia Tech 10
8/31/2013:  Clemson 38 – Georgia 35 
8/29/2013: South Carolina 27 – North Carolina 10
12/31/2012: Vanderbilt 38 – North Carolina State 24 (Music City Bowl)
12/31/2012: Clemson 25 – LSU 24 (Chick-fil-A Bowl)
11/24/2012: Vanderbilt 55 – Wake Forest 21
11/24/2012: South Carolina 27 – Clemson 17
11/24/2012: Georgia 42 – Georgia Tech 10
11/24/2012: Florida 37 – Florida State 26
9/1/2012: Clemson 26 – Auburn 19
8/31/2012: Tennessee 35 – North Carolina State 21
12/31/2011: Auburn 43 – Virginia 24 (Chick-fil-A Bowl)
12/30/2011: Mississippi State 23 – Wake Forest 17 (Music City Bowl)
11/26/2011: Vanderbilt 41 – Wake Forest 7
11/26/2011: Georgia 31 – Georgia Tech 17
11/26/2011: Florida State 21- Florida 7 
11/26/2011: South Carolina 34 – Clemson 13
9/17/2011: Clemson 38 – Auburn 24
12/31/2010: Florida State 26  – South Carolina 17 Chick-fil-A Bowl)
12/30/2010: North Carolina 30 – Tennessee 27 (Music City Bowl)
11/27/2010: Wake Forest 34 – Vanderbilt 13
11/27/2010: South Carolina 29 – Clemson 7
11/27/2010: Georgia 42 – Georgia Tech 34
11/27/2010: Florida State 31 – Florida 7
9/18/2010: Auburn 27 – Clemson 24
9/18/2010: Alabama 62 – Duke 13
9/04/2010: LSU 30 – North Carolina 24
12/31/2009: Virginia Tech 37 – Tennessee 14 (Chick-fil-A Bowl)
12/27/2009: Clemson 21 – Kentucky 13 (Music City Bowl)
11/28/2009: Georgia 30 – Georgia Tech 24
11/28/2009: Florida 37 – Florida State 10
11/28/2009: South Carolina 34 – Clemson 17
10/31/2009: Georgia Tech 56 – Vanderbilt 31 
10/3/2009: Georgia Tech 42 – Mississippi St 31
9/5/2009: Alabama 34 – Virginia Tech 24
9/3/2009: South Carolina 7 – North Carolina State 3
12/31/2008: Vanderbilt 16 – Boston College 14 (Music City Bowl)
12/31/2008: LSU 38 – Georgia Tech 3 (Chick-fil-A Bowl)
11/29/2008: Wake Forest 23 – Vanderbilt 10 
11/29/2008: Clemson 31 – South Carolina 14 
11/29/2008: Georgia Tech 45 – Georgia 42 
11/29/2008: Florida 45 – Florida State 15
10/25/2008: Duke 10 – Vanderbilt 7
9/20/2008: Georgia Tech 38 – Mississippi State 7 
9/6/2008: Wake Forest 30 – Mississippi State 28 
9/6/2008: Florida 26 – Miami FL 3
8/30/2008: Alabama 34 – Clemson 10
8/28/2008: South Carolina 34 – North Carolina State 0
12/31/2007: Kentucky 35 – Florida State 28 (Music City Bowl)
12/31/2007: Auburn 23 – Clemson 20 (Chick-fil-A Bowl)
11/24/2007: Wake Forest 31 Vanderbilt 17
11/24/2007: Georgia 31 – Georgia Tech 17
11/24/2007: Florida 45 – Florida State 12
11/24/2007: Clemson 23 – South Carolina 21
10/13/2007: South Carolina 21 – North Carolina 15
9/29/2007: Florida State 21 Alabama 14
9/8/2007: LSU 48 – Virginia Tech 7

Impressive, huh?

For those of you who don’t count so good … err, sorry … count so “well” (we’re from South Carolina) … the SEC enjoys a commanding 38-24 advantage over the ACC in these recent games. That’s a solid edge, but it’s not quite as strong as the SEC’s 16-8 mark against the Big Ten over the same time period.

All-time, the SEC record over the ACC is a much more dominant 285-138-10 compared to its comparably competitive 78-53-2 all-time mark against the Big Ten.

None of this is meant to belittle Florida State. In fact there’s a compelling case to be made that the Seminoles are the best team in the nation this season.

We just think it would be a shame if they wound up claiming their crown without beating the champion of a competitive conference …

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Pic: Travis Bell Photography