SEC is all About the Hype
Here we are, a month into the college football season and notice anything about the rankings? There are 4 Southeast Conference teams in the top 10 and 7 in the top 25 of the Associated Press poll. And, there are exactly 0 Big 12 teams in the top 10 and only 4 in the top 25. Once again we all seem to be buying into the hype that the best football in the country is in the S.E.C. This myth has been going on for the better part of a decade and I’m sick of it.
Sure a team from the SEC has won the last 7 national championships and I don’t take that away from them, but that doesn’t make their conference the best top to bottom. And the often repeated phrase “defense wins championships and the SEC plays the best defense in the country” is a complete misnomer. Until recently they never had any offense in the SEC so it LOOKED like they had great defense. Here’s a little factoid for you to chew on…with Ryan Tannehill at quarterback for A&M, the Aggies averaged 39.1 points and 490.2 yards per game as a member of the Big 12 in 2011. With Johnny Manziel taking snaps, Texas A&M averaged 44.5 points and 558.5 yards per game as a member of the SEC in 2012. A considerable increase in offense for A&M AFTER they left the Big 12 for the SEC.
Alabama has been a dominant program the past 7 years, no argument there, but tell me that Georgia, S. Carolina, Florida and Mississippi are with them and I disagree. They all ride Bama’s coattails. Not unlike a lot of Pac 12 teams did when Pete Carroll had USC on a roll in the previous decade. Oklahoma looked pretty impressive, with every bit the athleticism of Alabama, in whipping up on Notre Dame at Notre Dame last week and yet take a look at the rankings. The Sooners are ranked 11th. Seriously…Georgia, A&M and LSU are all ranked ahead of OU. Mark my words, the SEC will not win the national championship this season. The ride is coming to an end.