As 2013 draws to a close, so seemingly does an era of self-proclaimed SEC dominance. Since the inception of our mission this past summer to expose the overrated SEC, we have consistently pointed out how the SEC has been given opportunities to succeed (strategic preseason poll positioning, mainstream media bias), we have pointed out why the SEC has been given those opportunities (NCAA collusion, ESPN financial investments), and we have pointed out that even with all these opportunities, the SEC from top to bottom has NOT been the juggernaut that they are constantly being made out to be. SEC fans only want to look at their “facts”…. That SEC has won 9 BCS championships including 7 in a row and that their conference has the highest number of top rated draft picks in the nation. But when you scam a system into pushing your teams into every BCS championship game based on a collusive poll system, allow the media to brainwash the nation into believing your conference is the greatest, and then have the NCAA looking the other way for every major SEC program infraction, the dominance illusion becomes all too transparent. Let’s look at some 2013 facts that the average half-witted SEC fan would NOT like you to pay attention to:
- For the second straight year, an overrated SEC Preseason AP Top 10 foe finished the year with a losing record. And before you fall for the old “SEC schedules are really hard from top to bottom” crap, take note that one of those losses by the 4-8 Florida Gators came to Georgia SOUTHERN, an FCS team. Meanwhile, Auburn can thank the ladder of overrated SEC teams ranked ahead of them which allowed them for the 2nd time in 4 years to climb from obscurity to a national championship game.
- For the second straight year, a Big12 transplant team dominated most of the SEC. Last year Texas A&M knocked off SEC Champ Alabama in their own house and nearly won the SEC West, finishing the year as one of the hottest teams in America and boasting a Heisman quarterback who padded amazing stats against a supposedly superior defensive conference. This year, Missouri beat multiple contenders and rolled to an SEC East title, losing in the SEC championship even after putting up over 40 points on Auburn. Both TAMU and Missouri entered the SEC in 2012, and are competing predominantly with players recruited during their Big12 days… and neither of these teams had been able to stay even remotely competitive for titles in the Big12 when they were there. So next time you hear a SEC-chanting buffoon telling you that your team wouldn’t be competitive in the SEC, give their IQ a little boost with this knowledge.
- SEC fans continue tossing stats out about SEC title dominance in the BCS. What they fail to mention conveniently is that upwards of 80% of the conference’s national championship success has come from the state of Alabama. Remove Alabama and Auburn from the equation, and this conference is merely a shell of mediocrity that would make even the ACC look like a powerhouse. The rest of the conference leans on the laurels of Alabama teams and claims their success as a reason why the SEC is so great from top to bottom, when in fact it is a top-heavy conference full of underwhelming mediocrity. But don’t believe us. Just look at the facts. The SEC played 7 out of conference teams that were ranked in the Top 25 this season. They went 2-5.
- The present SEC Champ Auburn is being billed as a “Team of Destiny” by the homers at E$PN. These media hacks are even talking about the upcoming BCS Championship game as if FSU is the team that has very little chance to win, and that the Seminoles are lucky they have a month to prepare for the amazing one dimensional rushing attack of Auburn. We shouldn’t take anything away from Auburn, they earned every win (even the miraculous ones) and are the rightful champs of the SEC. However, this team was beaten by 2 touchdowns by LSU. For those who lack perspective, LSU was beaten by Georgia, an injury decimated team that lost their first game of the season while fully healthy to Clemson, the bumbling underachievers of the ACC. [Were it not for Steve Spurrier, Clemson would be wishing they were in the SEC instead of the ACC taking annual beatings from FSU… the past 2 seasons, the Tigers have already beaten Auburn, LSU AND Georgia, all consistent SEC contenders.] So if the media puppets had any credibility at all, they would be talking more about what chain of catastrophic things must go wrong for FSU to manage to actually lose this game!
- In building up the BCS Championship game, ESPN, USAToday and SEC-enamored media writers everywhere spend more time talking about how FSU must “find a way” to beat the SEC… as if they are playing the entire SEC rather than Auburn. Outside of the fact that this reflects on the pathetic SEC homerism of these college football journalists, it also shows how ignorant they are about Florida State. In the Jimbo Fisher era (since 2010), FSU is 4-1 against SEC powers (3-1 against University of Florida and 1-0 against South Carolina). You may hear the media credit FSU for being “built like an SEC team”… but don’t let those SEC homers try to take credit for FSU. Fisher is a disciple of Nick Saban. FSU’s defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who has built the nation’s best defense this season, came from Alabama. FSU’s Heisman winning QB is from Alabama and came to FSU despite a heavy recruiting effort by Saban. In fact, Jimbo Fisher has been winning many recruiting battles against Nick Saban in Saban’s own home state. So a more intelligent comment would be that FSU is built like an Alabama team. FSU doesn’t have to worry about “beating the SEC”… Jimbo Fisher has shown he can handle the SEC just fine. He just has to be able to beat a team from Alabama.
The perception of conference dominance forced on us by the SEC, ESPN and the rest of the lame-stream media obviously has its seeds planted in unfairly overrated preseason poll positioning. However, the collusion created to prop up the SEC doesn’t end there. It extends further to the current bowl setup. Matchup formulations have ensured that SEC powers will always play a team ranked below them. Just look at these bowl matchups for the other ranked SEC teams:
- #21 Texas A&M against #24 Duke
- #22 Georgia against unranked Nebraska
- #16 LSU against unranked Iowa
- #9 South Carolina against #19 Wisconsin
- #3 Alabama against #11 Oklahoma
- #8 Missouri against #13 Oklahoma State (actually the only matchup that seems appropriate)
So if the SEC finishes 4-3 in these bowls (including the BCS Title game), are we supposed to believe that further entrenches the notion that the SEC is a superior conference? I don’t think so. If we are going to be spoon-fed this nonsense all season that the SEC teams deserve to be ranked higher because their conference is so great, then they should have to play teams above their bloated ranking to prove it in the post season against non-SEC foes. The current formula pairings need to go if the SEC really wants us to believe they are truly as dominant as they claim to be. The SEC always playing lower ranked teams in the bowls and winning over 50% of those games do not prove to me nor should they prove to anyone else that the SEC deserves 5 teams in every year’s preseason Top 10.
As for the BCS title run, we believe this is the end of the line for the SEC. Most SEC fans realize this as well, which is why we have seen SEC fans everywhere from Alabama to Tennessee to Florida to South Carolina all professing on Twitter that they are heading to Pasadena to root on the SEC, like the witless minions that they all are. However, even several thousand Auburn-clad bums who never went to Auburn rooting on a team over conference infatuation cannot stop the inevitable. Despite egregious collusion attempts by media and the NCAA, including a lowly concerted attempt by the media to smear the character of their greatest threat’s quarterback, we believe the best team in the SEC will still get beaten by the best team in the ACC. Of course, nothing is absolute, as we are all aware that ref tampering could impact the national title game in Auburn’s favor, especially if the NCAA gives the order to protect the SEC at all costs. But even if there are bad calls and an attempt to fix the game in favor of the SEC, we still do not believe it will be enough to save the Auburn Tigers (and apparently the SEC) from losing this game.
That isn’t all we predict. We also predict that SEC fans will start claiming that Auburn was never the best team in the SEC and that Alabama would have beaten FSU… an argument that, even if it were true, would further prove how sad and pathetic the rest of the SEC is as they depend on Alabama almost entirely for their image. Furthermore, when FSU defeats AU, we will not hear all the Garnet/Gold-clad fans in the Rose Bowl stadium chanting “A-C-C! A-C-C!” Because unlike the numskulls in the SEC, the rest of college football’s fanbase actually roots for THEIR OWN team, not their conference. And presuming Texas A&M beats Duke and LSU finds a way to get past ole rugged Iowa, their fans should stop chanting “S-E-C! S-E-C!” and start chanting for the real reason for their conference pride… “NICK-SABAN! NICK-SABAN!”