As college basketball season fades and gives way to Spring, the scent of football season returns. Spring games will be held this month and fans will begin again watching new players, taking notes, and hoping that their team will vie for a position in the first ever national championship playoff in the upcoming 2014 college football season. All the while, memories of the 2013 season are still vivid.
So let’s recap the biggest stories of 2013:
• The SEC is Exposed: Prior to the 2013 season, we predicted the inevitable. We even named our new website after it. We knew the day would come and that it was near. That despite the incredible SEC bias of media heads (especially ESPN), despite the NCAA’s refusal to properly investigate and fairly punish infractions of SEC teams, and despite an internet dominated by a rabid fanbase of mostly inbred half-wits who moronically root for an entire conference of teams, we knew the SEC would be exposed. Is the SEC a conference of great teams? Sure. Does the SEC have some of the best teams in the nation? Possibly. Are they top to bottom greater than any conference in the nation? Doubtful. Are they overrated and overhyped on a consistent basis? ABSOLUTELY! Year after year, somehow the SEC has dodged some of the stiffest bowl competition from the other major conferences to win national titles, often thanks to media poll manipulation that kept them at the top whether they belonged there or not, coupled with cream-puff regular season schedules custom fit for great out-of-conference record appearance. Last season, however, the stars aligned and finally a talented BCS conference team outside of the SEC did not trip up on their way to the national title game, allowing the SEC to face its first justifiable test since the Oregon NC matchup with Auburn. Unlike the Oregon game though, this time luck would not bounce the SEC’s way. The best team in the nation was NOT the best team in the SEC, but rather the best team in the ACC. And the “Alabama should have been there anyway” excuse was neutralized early via a shellacking at the hands of Oklahoma. With the exception of the NC game, every SEC team was strategically placed in a bowl against a lower ranked statistically inferior opponent. Yet they still came out looking vulnerable in their wins, and badly exposed in their losses. And in the two games that counted the most, against their flagship teams from the state of Alabama, the SEC was simply beaten.
• The Rise of the ACC: A national championship for one team does not make an entire conference great (despite what many SEC homers will try to make you believe). And the ACC was far from the best conference in 2013. But the ACC did offer a glimmer of hope last season that they may finally be ready to play with the other big dogs on the grand stage. Despite yet another abysmal bowl showing, their two big wins were the story of the BCS. In addition to Florida State being the team to finally end the rein of tyranny of the SEC by beating their overhyped champion Auburn, Clemson won a hard fought Orange Bowl over Ohio State, a team only weeks earlier who had been playing like the best team in the nation. With the addition of AAC (Old Big East) powerhouse Louisville this season, the ACC will only get better. The days of overrated SEC teams padding their schedules with wimpy Almost Competitive Conference teams may come back to bite them, as the little brother on the block is looking strong enough to start hitting back. With both conferences recruiting in the talent rich south region, it may not be a random coincidence that the recent exposure of the SEC is occurring at the same time as the rise of the ACC.
• SEC Fans Tend to Run and Hide From the Heat: All season long, our writing team fielded scathing emails and engaged in bitter twitter debates with snarky, belligerent SEC fans. These fans time and again brashly declared the supreme superiority of the SEC. Kentucky and Vanderbilt fans stood hand in hand defending the great Alabama! Florida and Georgia fans stood up for Johnny Manziel! Alabama fans declared they would wear Auburn shirts to Pasadena so they could join their “rivals” in the SEC chant. If the word obnoxious could be personified, it would be a cornfed, slack-jawed, cousin-kissing SEC fan. Then suddenly their world caved in. The SEC lost the Heisman. The SEC lost the national championship. The SEC got embarrassed in the BCS bowls. Suddenly all those loud engaging fans disappeared. The angry emails stopped. The twitter attacks on @SEC_Exposed ended. The loud mouths went into hiding, afraid to face the truth that WE were right all along. Now of course, we expect them to be back. Back with a fresh set of excuses… like “it was just a down year for the SEC”, etc… never willing to face the truth. That it was ONLY a down year for Alabama, and that the rest of the SEC hangs their laurels on that team. The truth that if Nick Saban ever leaves Alabama, the recruiting mecca of the southeast, that the whole conference will slip into a coma. Sure, the loud mouthed SEC fans will eventually come out of hiding and return as if nothing had ever happened. But THEY have been exposed this past year just as much as the SEC was!
• Bob Stoops has Big Balls: Most coaches in the NCAA and nearly every media outlet are quick to kiss the butt of the SEC and sing their praises. But Bob Stoops was not. He had the brass cahones to proclaim that the SEC is overrated and top-heavy. And if anyone should know, it is Bob Stoops. He coached at University of Florida and got to experience firsthand (just like Urban Meyer did) how it feels to coach in a conference that is the media’s darling, knowing that you can do no wrong and that every loss has a “well, its hard because we are in the SEC” lame-ass excuse. SEC fans and media hacks like ESPN’s Feinbaum took offense to Stoops’ diss, and they were ecstatic when Alabama drew Oklahoma for their bowl showdown. Well, the game did not disappoint. Unless of course, you were an SEC fan. All Bob Stoops did was prove that his comments had substance. Oklahoma whipped the SEC’s flagship superpower like it was their smart-mouthed, red-headed stepchild. Sure, Bob’s comments weren’t unlike the ones we make on our SEC Exposed website all the time. But we never get the opportunity to back up our claims for ourselves like Bob did. So thank you Bob Stoops! You made our job easier last season and earned our “Big Balls of the 2013 Season” award!
• The Strength of the Big 12 Saved the SEC: Missouri and Texas A&M began their SEC stint in 2012. Prior to this, they were middle of the road Big 12 also-rans every season and rarely came close to competing for a conference title. In 2012, not only did Texas A&M compete for the SEC West, they even BEAT the eventual SEC Champ Alabama ON THEIR FIELD! In 2013, Missouri not only competed, but WON the SEC East. Both TAMU and Mizzou did all this with players recruited during their Big 12 years! Were it not for these two teams, the SEC Bowl season, and likely the season as a whole, would have been an even bigger embarrassment, and the SEC would have easily been the 3rd best conference in the nation last year. So be sure to thank the Big 12, SEC fans. Their average loss was your homerun gain. Proving further only to the rest of us that the SEC’s best might be good enough for third or fourth place in the Big 12.
As the 2014 college football season fast approaches, we prepare for a new set of predictions. This will be a season like no other. Of course, this is the first year of the 4-team college football playoff. Fortunately for the SEC, they got their dirty corrupt hands all over that upon inception to assure that 2 or more SEC teams will be in EVERY future 4 team playoff setup no matter the record. Of course, this can only hold if the media continues to collude with the league to overrank multiple SEC teams in the preseason polls to guarantee it happens. And that brings us to our official 2014 poll predictions for the upcoming football season…
1) There will (AGAIN) be 4-5 SEC teams in the Preseason Top 10 of one or both major polls
– Last season we made this prediction several weeks prior to the first preseason poll release, and we were dead on target. The rationale for poll collusion of course is that consistently overranking teams before the season will ensure that either those teams will stay at the top if they keep winning, that they won’t fall too far if they lose (since they are playing other overranked teams along the way), and that if one of their other low-tier teams begins upsetting those Top 10 teams, they will simply quickly hop into the Top 25 and approach the Top 10 to replace the team they beat. Last season we saw at least 3 SEC teams horribly overranked in the preseason Top 10, with the worst being a University of Florida squad that finished the season 4-8. Thanks to Florida’s overrated placement though, other SEC teams like Vanderbilt and Missouri benefitted from their fall, providing just the stepping stone assistance those teams needed to get vaulted into a high ranking during the regular season, keeping the illusion of conference top-to-bottom greatness alive!
2) At least 2 of the Preseason Top 4 will be SEC
– This is simply another protective mechanism by the media powers-that-be to assure that we get at least 2 teams from the SEC in that end-of-the-year playoff, whether they deserve to be there or not! Look for them to try to convince you there is no collusion by putting a non-SEC team like FSU or Ohio State at #1. But realize that these guys will drop either of those two teams like a hot potato right out of the Top 10 with so much as a loss to make sure that neither of those dangerous teams ever squeak back into that top 4 mix again.
3) There WILL be 2 SEC teams in the end-of-the-year playoff
– At this rate there are at least 4 conferences in the BCS that we could call “Power Conferences.” B1G, PAC-12, Big 12, and the newly improved ACC. Yes, there are outlier conferences like the Sun Belt and the WAC that might produce a flash in the pan undefeated team, but let’s be real, those folks have no chance in this new playoff format (and with good reason). Logic would dictate that so long as a champion from one of the four power conferences has no more than one loss, they SHOULD be in this playoff. However, logic will not prevail this year (or likely any year in the near future) thanks to the back door deals made between the SEC and NCAA playoff committee who prepared this format last year. The same preseason poll collusion that kept the SEC at the top of bowl picks and NC title game appearances in recent years will now assure that the deck is stacked early and heavy in favor of the SEC to force more than one SEC team in this playoff. Don’t be too surprised if they even manage to squeak a 2 loss team in there ahead of a power conference champion with fewer losses. In the end, one of the four power conferences will produce a worthy champion who will be spurned by the new playoff format due to collusion between the SEC, mainstream media (particularly ESPN) and the NCAA. And it will unfairly give the SEC a 2/4 chance over everyone else to ensure a NC title return. Favorite this blog and remember this prediction. You heard it here first.
SEC fans will be making excuses early and often this season about what happened in 2013. There will be talk of a “down year” or “season fatigue” or “they didn’t really care about that bowl.” They will never admit that the SEC was finally exposed after years of poll manipulation and media brainwashing of the world into believing it was supreme and invincible. Attempts will be made to distract real college football fans to keep them from realizing the truth about the SEC… the SEC-homer media will assist, digging up overblown stories of cheating at programs that threaten the SEC the most; and there will be repetitive rehashing ad nauseum of untrue, debunked stories like OSU Coach Urban Meyer recruiting illegally or FSU QB Jameis Winston being a criminal rapist. The smoke and mirrors used to defame all SEC competition will be complimented with ESPN’s new SEC Network, as their homerism will reach a new wide open level with the intent of pumping up the conference like never before to the public. The 2014 season will be a full blown circus of SEC-infatuation by the media as they will work tirelessly to resurrect the SEC and try to erase all memory of their exposure in 2013 as a total overrated fraud. There will still be some “good guys” out there in the media, although very few, trying to keep it real and unbiased. Guys like Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Danny Kanell, Phil Steele… REAL sports journalists who are not afraid to report the truth about how overrated the SEC is even when their opinion is not the popular one. But those few and far between voices will be drowned out by the SEC love showered by the lame-stream media homers. And SEC fans will again get caught up in the hype, like they always do, chanting S-E-C incessantly at games like buffoons. And if we are lucky, another NCAA hero will once again emerge against all odds created by the media and strike down the best the SEC has to offer, to show that last year was NOT a fluke and the faux era of SEC Supremacy has indeed officially ended.
With that hope, bring on the Spring…