It seems like a dramatic statement… that one measly championship game could save an entire sport, which is slowly dying under the media-weighted boot of a conference known for its arrogant sense of entitlement. But we feel it is true and believe that every non-SEC fan out there should be rooting hard for it. Ever since the final BCS championship game matchup between Florida State and Auburn was announced this past Sunday evening, E$PN and most of the lame-stream SEC-Homer media has been building Auburn up as a “team of destiny.” An outsider to college football would believe that, based on the miraculous ways that Auburn keeps managing to win their games. However, if you take a closer look, you might see the truth… that Auburn has been blessed with luck and a very bright coach who has figured out how to dominate the SEC with a one dimensional offensive approach. And the fact of the matter is, this says actually more about how horribly overrated the SEC has been rather than how great Auburn is.
Of course, the media is not going to tell you that. Surely if you have read our past articles, you understand why the media is so “ALL IN” on the SEC. ESPN of course has financial ties to the success of the conference, and they are the self-appointed “worldwide leader in sports.” Couple that with the adoration of much of the rest of the mainstream media for the SEC, and Auburn is suddenly the golden child of TV, Radio and Print News. Media cannot stop gushing over how amazing Auburn is, and ESPN announcers even are going as far as to say that FSU will not be able to slow down the Auburn offense. The SEC homerism is at an all time high and you can’t help but wonder if it is more about the media trying to convince US how great Auburn is than it is these guys actually believing it.
Here is what the media will NOT tell you: FSU should right now be America’s team. Why? Every football market outside of hillbilly heaven has been forced to listen to the SEC boast about their seven consecutive national championships and their self-declared dominance as a conference. And we aren’t just talking about the winners who are boasting… we are talking EVERY FAN OF EVERY TEAM IN THE CONFERENCE doing it as if the victories coming out of the state of Alabama are their own. Fans of their schools no longer are university sports fans, they are conference fans. So right now, Kentucky is playing for a seventh straight national title. And so is Mississippi State. And Tennessee. And Ole Miss. And Vanderbilt. Most of our nation is tired of the nonsense. WE are tired of the nonsense.
In 2012, the SEC was blessed with a horribly overrated Notre Dame team having to face Alabama… a Notre Dame team that was terribly lucky in nearly every game (sound familiar Auburn?), needed overtime luck to beat a team with a losing record, and had players who had better chances of scoring with imaginary girlfriends than they did on the gridiron. In 2011, Oklahoma State got shafted out of playing in the national championship game so that the SEC could get an outrageous rematch between LSU and Alabama that should NEVER have been allowed to take place. While Texas and Oregon had their “almost, but no cigar” moments in the previous finales with the Alabama teams, the rest of the conference was getting louder and louder with their arrogant chanting. Before long, big team wins in the conference were no longer team wins, they were wins of the SEC. And the media has so deeply played into the conference superiority nonsense that perception has become reality. By fixing preseason polls, the self fulfilled SEC dominance prophecy has blown up into a monster larger than the game of college football itself. Collusion between the SEC, ESPN and the NCAA is not only affecting the rankings, but is also tampering with the decisions of prized high school recruits, who seemingly are being promised protection from media scrutiny and more media air time if they choose the SEC. (And anybody who doubts that last claim needs to read our previous article on the attempted railroading of non-SEC Heisman hopeful Jameis Winston and compare the media treatment of him to the adoration given to Cam Newton, whose criminal history and cloud of constant scrutiny was briskly swept under the rug by nearly every media outlet during his Heisman campaign… even by the NCAA itself who persistently refused to investigate family payoff and “team bidding” accusations that may have occurred during his early recruitment in the SEC.)
The SEC is vastly overrated this season. But the homers have circled the wagons, fans and hack journalists in unison, to defend their conference from the detractors. There are even some SEC fans (evident in recent twitter disagreements with our @SEC_Exposed handle) who are preparing early for the fallout of an Auburn loss and already making excuses that “well, Alabama is better than Auburn, so…” Really, guys? Let us clue you in. Auburn ran for 296 yards on the vaunted Bama defense (which was only vaunted because Auburn was their first real competition all season). Auburn also had one turnover when Bama had none. And had the errant field goal not been returned for a touchdown, the game was heading to overtime and Auburn had the momentum. So let’s not kid ourselves. Auburn WAS better than Alabama that night and this team, which went from winless in the SEC to champs in one season, is yet another symbol of the outrageously overrated preseason rankings of this conference when the season started. Furthermore, outside of SEC play, Auburn only played one out of conference BCS team (Washington State, currently 6-6 in PAC-12). Auburn won that game, at home, by 7.
Credit should be given where due, though. Auburn has a stronger schedule strength than Alabama and anyone else in the Top 5. This isn’t based on opponents’ rankings, which are collusively set up preseason to bolster the SEC, but rather based on the records of their opposition. Auburn played 9 bowl eligible teams and won in 8 of those games. That is pretty impressive, SEC crappiness aside. So you won’t be reading on this blog that Auburn didn’t belong in the national championship game. They beat the defending national champs, and that has to count for something. Nonetheless, the double digit loss to LSU on the road is a pretty big blemish considering how unimpressive LSU has been all season. And it is an arguable point that Michigan State, who also suffered a single loss during the season by 4 points on the road against Notre Dame, is now playing like one of the hottest teams in the nation and in our opinion is better than Auburn. However, for the sake of fairness, Auburn has done more to reach the title game. The choice was the correct one this time.
In fact, this is the first year in a LONG time where the selection for the national championship game made some sense. However, as media gushes about the amazingness of Auburn, let’s point out a few things that the media is trying to make you overlook:
- Auburn has the 104th ranked pass defense in the nation. FSU has the #2 scoring offense in the nation and their Quarterback is #1 nationally in pass efficiency.
- Auburn has the 12th ranked scoring offense in the nation. FSU has the #1 scoring defense in the nation, #3 in total defense. And they beat the 11th ranked scoring offense 51-14.
- 6 of Auburn’s 12 wins were by 8 points or less, and 2 of those games were won by late miracle plays. FSU’s most narrow victory was by 14, and their average margin of victory against opponents this season is 39.3 points.
It is understandable that some consider FSU’s schedule as “easy”, particularly considering they are in the ACC, a conference that traditionally is known more for its basketball talent than its football talent. However, the ACC has a record 11 number of bowl eligible teams this season, 6 of which FSU has played and destroyed. Don’t let the media fool you. The Seminoles have DOMINATED their schedule like few others in recent NCAA football history. This is not a team to be taken lightly and the fact that the media is publically displaying a lack of respect for their dominance will only add fuel to the fire when FSU kicks off against the Tigers. Even Vegas already has the Noles as a 8.5 point favorite, a value that likely will climb as we get closer to the game. (Of note, FSU is 12-1 against the spread this season.)
Of course, this makes many wonder if the NCAA will really let an SEC team get blown out of the building in a national championship game. Will the NCAA start threatening to investigate FSU over trumped up charges to create distractions in the weeks leading up to the big game? Will they speak to the referees before the game in an attempt to “fix” the end result by calling an exorbitant amount of fluke penalties on the Seminoles to give Auburn an edge? Certainly we would like to think nothing like that would ever happen. However, we must remember that the NCAA, just like the media moguls at ESPN, is financially vested in the success of the SEC. Their BCS bowl setups have become bigger box office draws thanks to the SEC dominance gibberish, and for the NCAA, money talks. (This may also explain the reason why the NCAA consistently turns a blind eye toward almost every accusation about SEC program misconduct, including a bombshell dropped by Yahoo! Sports in September about 5 SEC players, including players from Alabama, that the NCAA continues to conveniently ignore. ) The SEC can’t afford an embarrassing loss in this championship game, as it will deeply impact the perception of SEC dominance that has been crammed down our throats. So what level of collusive game interference we can expect from the NCAA, if anything, is anybody’s guess.
Meanwhile the media has continued to try to besmirch the name and reputation of FSU’s Heisman quarterback Jameis Winston. Despite the fact that a state attorney who was busting his hump to put away another black athlete yet could not find enough evidence to charge Winston with a crime, the SEC-obsessed media (particularly talentless ESPN hacks like Paul Finebaum and Clay Travis) spent hours questioning the investigation and doubting Winston’s innocence. Anyone who read the 80+ page report could see that this was a railroad attempt and it was done so in such a sloppy way that even a crooked state attorney couldn’t figure out how to prosecute it. But the media, including ESPN, was clearly upset with the way it all turned out and rather than apologize for weeks of slander and libel, they only piled on more. ESPN even went as far as charging their lackey sideline reporter Heather Cox to badger Winston following the ACC Championship game with a series of interrogative questions about the “investigation.” Her actions, much like those of the other hacks, were tasteless and reprehensible. They were also disrespectful toward an athlete that just had one of the most remarkable seasons of any freshman in college football history who has not even been charged with a crime. These shameless attempts at destroying the character of FSU’s QB have less to do with FSU, however, and more to do with the media’s need to paint a public picture of the SEC’s marquee teams as the “good guys” in college football. Destroying a talented athlete’s future in the process is of no consequence to these soulless automatons. They clearly have a mission to drive the SEC to the top and keep them there. For FSU, this matchup becomes a lot tougher when you realize their opponent is more than just Auburn. FSU is battling the entire SEC fan base, SEC boosters, SEC-obsessed media, E$PN, and possibly the NCAA itself.
So this is why WE, the non-SEC college football fans, need to root for FSU as they battle Auburn in Pasadena. Not for the sake of FSU, but for the future of this sport. Prepare for weeks of media portrayals of the Seminoles as the dirty, evil bad guys while Auburn is the “team of destiny.” But know the truth, because you heard it here. FSU is the first team capable of ending the SEC run and helping the rest of college football initiate a NEW era for this sport. This is a team with an Alabama high school quarterback that was heavily recruited by Bama itself, with a defensive coordinator who came from the Alabama system that made Bama the best defense the previous two seasons, a head coach who was a disciple of Nick Saban himself, a perennial top 3 recruiter, and a tradition that is one of the richest in college football. The SEC fears Florida State. And they should. Here is a non-SEC program that was a 90’s dynasty, now making a comeback as a powerhouse, and they are seated right dead center in the middle of SEC country! The return of the Seminole brand to national relevance threatens to end to the SEC’s reign of terror and to subsequently gut them by stealing some of their most prized recruits who had been bamboozled into believing the SEC rules the world. And with a FSU victory, the PAC12, BigTen, Big12, ACC, AAC and the rest of college football can rejoice. Because once and for all, the SEC will have finally been exposed for the overrated fraud that they are. And justice will have been served.
Bring on the Bowl Season…
 “Yahoo Strikes Again, Puts Alabama in NCAA’s crosshairs”: http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/09/12/yahoo-strikes-again-puts-alabama-in-ncaas-crosshairs/