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.
And before any of the tater SEC haters say only USC chants SEC after a win. The Alabama crowd was in fact chanting SEC as well last night. THE SEC, 6 bowl wins this year, 5 teams in the final top 10 both AP and Coaches, and now a 7th straight BCS championships and 9 since it started in 1998.
Point of interest, SEC wins 7 national championships in a row, but only 28.57% of the teams competing in the SEC can lay any claim to participating in establishing that record, and it took one team to win over half of those. I’m glad Bama’s Coat tails are big enough to hold all of y’all, because your egos must be heavy
When my team finishes 3rd in the SEC East and 8th in the country in the SAME SEASON……I don’t see anything wrong with a little conference pride. I was happy to watch Bama embarrass ND, but I promise you I never said roll tide.
And not to mention that it actually 33.3%; since A&M and Mizzou weren’t added before a new team won it would be based on 12 participants not 14. 4 teams out of 12 have won titles in the last 7 years, which is 1/3 or 33%. Only this year was it 28.57% out of those 7 years. If you go with the 9 wins since the BCS was started it could be 5/12 or 5/14 (41.66% or 35.71%) is there another conference that can claim in the last 15 years either 40% or close enough to it of its teams have won a national title? I mean it’s like Dabo when he claimed the just before the bowl game that the ACC has 11 NC in the last 30 years when you add in all the titles that were won by Miami and the others, (and the ones that weren’t even AP titles just claimed by someone) because Miami or FSU weren’t even in the ACC at the time they won. In fact in the last 30 year the ACC only has 2.5. 2 for FSU in 93 and 99 and a shared title in 90 with GT( and Colorado). Dabo couldn’t even add, because when he said 30 years it eliminated his own schools. Clemson’s was 31 years ago and therefore cannot count in the last 30. So by your math 2.5/12 20.83% or with the addition of now Pitt and Syracuse in 2014 it will be 17.85% of the ACCs teams have won in the last 30 years. But also back to the point for the last 7 years ZERO percent of ACC teams won it that span. Just saying
A fair point, but I’m sure you can recognize that sometimes, those numbers can be inflated based simply on the perception of strength of schedule. When most SEC teams start pre-season high, and they can then claim their only losses are to other highly ranked SEC teams (who also were given the same advantage), then you can understand the frustration. South Carolina had some big wins fair and square, and I won’t take that away from them. That is said as a Clemson fan. But Florida and LSU are case examples of SEC teams getting unfairly ranked. the LSU Clemson score was close, but only because of one or two bad turnovers by Clemson. Anyone watching that game, especially the 4th quarter, will clearly tell you who the stronger team was. And the score is pretty clear on who was stronger between the low ranked louisville team v. the no. 3 Gators. Bottom line is some SEC teams are as highly ranked as they are because of the incestuousness of the SEC and the insistence by pollsters to treat them holier than thou…
and in fairness, Notre Dame, Southern Cal, and Michigan got the same treatment for years throughout the early 2000’s, but because they were not taking part in a conference that also all got the same treatment, their fall from glory was usually in weeks 2 or 3.
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“Real men of genius….”
Today we salute you, Mr. General SEC Fan.
“Mr General SEC Fan!”
You spend your fall Saturdays not cheering on your team,
But cheering on all fourteen of them.
“Why pick just one??”
You remain cool, knowing that one of your teams will be successful enough to make you forget about your true favorite team sucking.. claiming their success as your own.
“I’ got a piece of the pie!”
Each week, you carefully decide which of the 14 team flags
To proudly display outside your home – a symbol of your devotion, Flying high above the rest of the trailer park.
So crack open an ice cold Bud Light Mr. TideVolCock-DawgDore-RebTiger for to you, Nick Saban is both a friend and a foe.
“Mr. General SEC Fan!!!!”
lol… Props, man. Sounded like an honest-to-god Bud Light commercial.
….. yep – a good one
while funny and clever, its still better to be a “general SEC fan” than an ACC fan that doesnt win shit
Very nicely done SEC=SEC
Until other conferences demand that SEC stops over signing, increases their academic standards to equal ground with other conferences and stops steroid abuse, this broken record will continue.
Bama player bench pressing 600 lbs as mentioned last night. Yeah, that’s all natural.
Quit being a jealous loser and actually pull for a team that wins. And the only teams that do win are in the SEC. Sorry, everyone else are just little losers. Crybaby
The meteoric rise of the SEC as the dominate force in college football has interestingly coincided with the exponential decline of both the American culture and economy. I suppose for Alabama and Carolina fans they can look back at the last four years and say “Man Congress and Barry are running us into the shithouse but man could the South play some ball!” Perhaps the way my fellow redneck brethren enjoy throwing their middle finger in the air to the rest of the country who fails to excel at a grown man’s sport is in essence some vengeful spite at having to endure the War of Northern aggression and subsequent occupation.
Excuses are like assholes, everyone has one.
FITS Said: “Make no mistake, the SEC isn’t invincible. Clemson proved this in the Chick-fil-A Bowl by dispatching eighth-ranked LSU”….
Are you out of your F&*@in mind????….
After the loss to Bama, LSU struggled at home vs Ole Miss and almost got beaten by Ark…
Clemson proved that LSU QUIT after the NC bid was lost…
One thing about it: Tater @$$-kissers, like FITS, will take a LITTLE tiny bit and go a long way with it…(feel sorry for his wife)…
This Brain-Dead Idiot FORGOT about the ‘Last Day Massacre’ where the Mighty ACC (it’s 2 best teams) got their @$$#$ kicked by the SEC…and the ACC ended the day at 0-4 vs the SEC…
The ACC is a joke that has to cling to some Fluke or Miracle to try to hide what a F*^kin joke it is…
Nice Try FITS…but you look like an imbecile trying to sell Clemson as some sort of power…
Thank you SEC for ruining the innocense of college football with your athletes first, win at all cost, student last attitude. Why don’t you just join the NFL and leave the real student athletes to the rest of us that have integrity.
Yeah, VOR, Ohio St. paying for players So. Cal buying a Heisman and Clemson’s Sammy “Adderol-Cadillac” Potkins are such great examples of student-athlete inegrity….
VOR more like leave all these hot male college bodys for me and my BJU brothers
VOR, did you type that while stuffed in a locker you loser? Too bad everyone one of those kids you put down will all have more money in 2 year in NFL than you make in your whole pathetic life. That is why you put them down. You are jealous plain and simple. I’m guessing you also had no friends at that “prestigious college” you claim to have gone to, in which you never once have said which one it is. It leads us all to believe you were the dork in high school that couldn’t afford an education and missed out on the scholarship because you weren’t as smart as you thought you were, so you got your on line degree, and now you try to put others down to act as like you did better than that. Was it Virginia College or the University of Phoenix? Either way you are just crying about bullshit integrity when you know nothing of the kids you put down, or even the character of the kids you try to build up from the other schools. That makes you ignorant. And an ignorant idiot is as common as an asshole and as useless as a shit flavored lollipop. Enjoy tasting your own shit.
The Atlanta Falcons just made it to the NFC title game. Therefore, I will chant NFC South. Division Pride