The SEC is (STILL) Overrated in College Football


It has been an exciting past couple months leading up to this week’s start of college football season. Clearly the SEC chanting minions have been reinvigorated by the recent release of their all powerful SEC Network, promulgated by the biggest corporate SEC-chanter of them all, ESPN. Yes, the same obnoxious SEC chanters of social media that made your lives hell before January 2014 have returned in droves and are pretending the 2013 season didn’t happen. Some have set their attack targets on our twitter site. And in turn they are getting knocked back down flat on their corn-fed asses. But we will get to that later…

Let’s first get down to the nitty gritty. The SEC is yet again overrated in college football. Everyone whose father is not also their uncle knows this. The 24 hour a day love fest known as the SEC Network, created by ESPN to brainwash their sheeple viewership, doesn’t change that fact. The SEC chanters think resting on four teams’ national championship laurels over the past decade and beating up teams ranked much lower than them in bowl matchups should be enough to earn them an automatic #1 Conference banner every season no matter what happens. Sorry to tell you kids, it doesn’t work that way. So the SEC chanters on twitter want facts. Well be careful what you ask for boys and girls, because you are about to get it.

Reasons Why the SEC is Overrated:

1) Overhyped Preseason by the Media– Every year the SEC is overrated early on in order to ensure that victories rocket them higher up the ranking ladder while losses won’t drop them too far in the polls, setting up this façade of top-to-bottom greatness. It often appears to be very random which SEC teams are thrown into the preseason rankings, evidenced by how every team other than Alabama ends up no better or far worse than unranked teams in the conference by the end of the year. One year ago we published an article explaining how it worked for them in 2012. Here is how it worked in 2013: The AP poll had 5 SEC teams in the Top 10. ( Of those 5, all but two had 4 or more losses, and one team had a losing record (second year in a row we have seen a SEC Preseason Top 10 team end with a losing record). Auburn was NOT the best one loss team in the nation last year, yet was treated like they were simply because of the massively overrated teams they beat to get to their over-bloated ranking they had prior to the Alabama game. It looks like in 2014, things are going to be more of the same. This season there is a record EIGHT teams from the SEC in the AP Top 25. (Should we guess now or later how many of these teams end up with a losing record? Our guess right now is 2.) With the four team playoff bracket looming, the media has stacked the box beyond a doubt to make people convinced that the SEC is powerful and that each one of their games has much larger implications than in fact they should. We aren’t the only ones who see the obvious trend of the inappropriate preseason ranking placement of these SEC teams, as Sterling Cooper so well points out in his recent article entitled “Why the SEC is Bullshit” (

Let’s start with how the polling system is biased. Most people will claim that preseason polling is useless and has no real bearing on the game. This is certainly true if you look at polls as indicators of how teams will shake out in the season. However, they’re extremely important in terms of maintaining a ranking. See, it’s much harder to climb the polls as the season goes on if you were underrated going in. Conversely, if you start in the top 10 and play in the SEC, you have to REALLY shit the bed to drop out of the rankings. It’s because the conference itself is set up to allow that…
Oklahoma stomped Alabama in their bowl game last year. Naturally, since Oklahoma is returning its quarterback and most of its starters–while ‘Bama lost a slew of its best players, including its four-year starting quarterback–OU will be ranked higher than Alabama, and Alabama will be appropriately placed in the preseason polls.
Oh wait, Alabama’s ranked No. 2 somehow? And Georgia is 12, even after going 8-5 last year and losing Aaron Murray.
Same bullshit, different year.

Yes. Yes it is.

2) The SEC is building their Out of Conference Reputation on mostly FCS and Sun Belt teams

– We are told that one of the biggest reasons for the SEC attention is their “top to bottom” greatness, reflected by their mid-pack and doormat teams winning most of their non-conference matchups. This is misleading to a fault. We tallied up the 56 out of conference games to be played by all the teams in the SEC this 2014 season. 43% of these out of conference games are against either FCS (25%) or Sun Belt conference (18%) schools! (For those of you new to the college football world, the Sun Belt Conference is largely regarded as the worst conference in FBS and is made up largely of teams that were FCS programs within the past few years.) Only 19% of SEC OOC games are against the “major conferences” (ACC, Big12, B1G, & PAC-12). So how does the SEC’s 19% stack up against the other 4 “power” conferences?


Conference % of 2014 Out of Conference Games against other Power Conferences

SEC 19%
ACC 34%
Big Ten 34%
PAC-12 35%
Big 12 37%

So as you can see, it is clear which conference is dodging competition during the regular season. Their excuse of course is because of their “intense” intra-conference competition… but, as we pointed out above, that is merely a facade propagated by preseason rankings of SEC teams over-inflated by the media. Once again, our eloquent friend Sterling Cooper points this annual trend out quite well:

The SEC is almost like a commune in the way that it mutually weakens itself in order to raise up the whole. (That’s right, SEC fans. I just compared your conference to a hippie, communist retreat.) See, the conference realizes that if it only plays a minimal number of games against the teams that make it up and schedules only powderpuff teams as its non-conference opponents, it can preserve the “competitive integrity” of the conference. It’s easy to write off a loss as acceptable when it’s against “yet another powerhouse SEC team.” You’ll have teams end up with 9-3 and 8-4 records that still easily rank in the top 25, which is ridiculous, given that half of their wins are against garbage teams and their three losses are to “premier” teams within their own conference. The only reason that they’re considered premier is because they started that way in the first place. It’s like a snake eating its own tail, except the tail is a dick, and the snake’s mouth is every ESPN mouthpiece paid to laud the SEC’s deified status.


3) The SEC has NOT dominated the other power conferences as much as you think- It should be no surprise that the SEC chooses to duck playing the other “power” conferences. Their mediocrity against most of these conferences throughout the BCS era is well documented. Since the SEC chanters don’t trust our “sources”, we will give them an exerpt from a source they trust, their SEC shill network ESPN, on this issue:

From the start of the BCS era in 1998 to its end in 2013, SEC teams went .500 against Pac-12 teams during the regular season (13-13), were only slightly better than the Big Ten in bowl games (23-21) and had a losing record against Big 12 teams during the regular season (8-12).

In fact, the best thing to happen to the SEC during conference realignment might have been the dissolution of the Big East. During the BCS era, Big East teams went 20-17 against SEC teams in the regular season and 8-5 in bowl games. For whatever reason, Big East schools seemed to have the SEC’s number more than anyone else.
Sure, SEC teams hoisted the most crystal football trophies during the BCS era, but are you really that dominant when you can’t beat the mediocre Big East on a regular basis?

And if the SEC is really that good, how did Missouri win the SEC East in its second season in the league? The Tigers were an above-average team in the Big 12, but few people expected them to contend in the SEC so quickly.
Four teams largely carried the SEC’s flag during its recent dominance: Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Florida. Under coach Steve Spurrier, South Carolina has been better than it ever was, but the Gamecocks still haven’t won an SEC championship. Florida and Tennessee have been sinking ships, and Georgia can’t seem to get over the hump.

The SEC’s best teams might be great every season, but its overall record against the other Power Five conferences suggests it might not be as dominant as we believed.


Face it folks, you’ve all been duped. You’ve been hoodwinked. You’ve been bamboozled. The SEC is overrated and most of you let the agenda-driven lame-stream media manipulate you for several years now. Time to wake up and stop drinking the Kool-Aid.

Now time for our editorial rant… pay attention social media SEC chanters, this is about YOU!

It is rather amusing. Following the embarrassing exposure of the SEC following last season’s BCS games, the same lunatics that attacked our @SEC_Exposed Twitter site relentlessly through the 2013 season suddenly disappeared for nearly 8 months. It was kind of lonely in the twittersphere without these guys, we must admit. But within hours of the arrival of the SEC network, the overblown confidence of these small witted conference chanters had returned to its old form again. By the dozens, the nitwits attacked via Twitter. Auburn fans chanted about “their” seven consecutive national titles. Arkansas fans chanted about “their” record number of teams in the AP Top 25 preseason poll. Bama fans chanted about “their” superior strength of schedule. We even got attacked for an accidental misspelling during one of our rapid fire tweet responses. (By the way, it’s the ultimate insult when a SEC fan has to correct your spelling or grammar, considering neither of those is a required skill in their colleges.) Most detractors ignore their critics. But not us. We started this anarchy movement to expose the SEC over a year ago, so we feel it is our responsibility to educate the uneducated. (After all, when the Grinch is stripping you of your Christmas, you have a right to ask him why.) So we tell the nitwits what they don’t want to hear. We remind each dolt about why their precious SEC is overrated and we consistently reference our articles when they ask us to “prove it”. One particularly unintelligent Bama fan recently was more persistent than the rest. First he refused to read the articles because he insisted we made up all the statistics. Everyone who reads our blog knows that we reference ALL of our facts with hyperlinks to reputable reference pages. Well, this Bama fan was not deterred with that answer. So his next excuse for not reading our references was because we didn’t give him our “name.” (For those new to our blog, this site was created by a group of anonymous bloggers who were tired of the overhype and overrated attention of the SEC… i.e. we are “haters” of the SEC. Each article is vetted and edited by the entire group before publication. Only 2 of us share social media operations responsibility.) This Bama fan decided that he was not going to accept anything we say if he didn’t have our personal identification information available to him. That’s right folks. It looks like we have finally gotten to the loons and now they want to hunt the creators of our site down and make us pay for exposing them. How predictable. These are of course the same whack jobs who poison their rivals’ trees as revenge for beating them. When intelligence fails, barbarians revert back to the only thing they know. Violence and retribution. Unbeknownst to these knuckle-dragging SEC homers, this was precisely the reason our authors have remained anonymous. So sorry to disappoint you Neanderthals, but if you don’t have the verbal wit to hang with us, go back to your mom’s basement and resume playing your college football video games. If you don’t like what we write, don’t read it. Go watch the SEC Network 24 hours a day and pretend that is all that exists in the world.

Some would think that our reason for anonymity is unnecessarily paranoid. Well, we witnessed a few FSU fans early this month who might not agree. One snaggle-toothed Bama fan started a twitter argument with a female FSU tweeter because she was disparaging Finebaum and his moronic show callers. But when she and a few of her “#FSUTwitter” compadres got the best of this dim witted SEC chanter in the twitter debate, the inbred Bama lunatic began making personal threats insinuating that these specific FSU fans should watch out for a “package” he was sending them via mail, and that they better be careful leaving their homes unattended during FSU football games because he now knew where they lived. Of course, he deleted the threats within minutes, but not before our crew and probably many others on twitter got some screen shots of this ass clown’s tweets. This Bama nut wasn’t the only one exhibiting this behavior. Since the launch of the SEC Network, and that shill Finebaum’s show on the network, we have witnessed multiple crazy SEC fans threatening bodily harm and in one case even tracking down family member names of their critics on twitter. While most of these attacks have been against FSU fans (who SEC fans have good reason to be jealous of), what we have seen in the past three weeks reinforces why our anonymity remains necessary at SEC Exposed. When you back a caged ape in a corner, they only know one reaction, and that is aggression and violence. They can’t fight us using words when they have an IQ of 42. These social media SEC chanters are nothing more than dim-witted caged apes. And those caged apes are outraged that they can’t track down one of the few social media entities with the balls to call out their overrated conference sham. Which is why SEC Exposed is here to stay, and there is nothing they can do about it. And these dolts can keep bringing it, we will take whatever they dish out and keep giving it right back to them even better.

We do need to point out that NOT all fans of SEC schools are dim-witted numb-nuts. However we do feel that the gloating, chanting fans of the SEC as a conference are some of the dumbest people we will ever come across. The practice of rooting for a conference when the team you supposedly represent as a fan base has either carried that conference or been a doormat of that conference is the most asinine of all behaviors. Most of our insults are very tongue-in-cheek and even at times cliché about the South in general. But deep down, we all know that not all Alabama grads are inbred trolls living in their moms’ basements or Neanderthal slack jawed knuckle-draggers who lack a dental plan. We know that not all Florida fans are jorts-wearing pizza delivery boys or unemployed reality show crybabies. All we do know is that if you are dumb enough to try to argue with us about the greatness of a CONFERENCE in COLLEGE FOOTBALL, then all you are doing is proving to us that you are just as dumb as the stereotype we paint of you. And for any of you out there who don’t believe these people are idiots, please, oh PLEASE, just watch at least one hour of that long ass horrible Finebaum show on the SEC Network. The callers are so unintelligible, so idiotic, and in many cases so rabidly psychotic, that you can even see Finebaum himself cringing as his credibility dies a little more with each phone call. If Finebaum likes being the ring leader of this Deliverance meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre Circus, then so be it. But don’t get mad at the rest of us for calling you people out for your simple-mindedness. You wanna put us on blast? We will give you the truth and put you on your ass. Every. Time.


30 thoughts on “The SEC is (STILL) Overrated in College Football

  1. I think you are slight crazed by the idea that the SEC is the best. I think the only reason why you make this such a big “controversy” is the fact that you are tired of the SEC’s dominance the past near decade. I assure you that if Florida State was invited into the SEC that the FSU administration would take up that deal in a heartbeat. (Would never happen based on TV marketing purposes) ESPN chose the SEC because of its high fan base across most of the real “core” football states of the U.S. and how dominant the SEC is. It would be highly laughable to see ESPN make a deal with any of the other power conferences……. I mean really? The ACC? PAC 12? Really dude, come on. You can’t say that the ACC is better than the SEC because of one championship game soley based from the win of your best team that has been the top team in the last couple years. Yeah, FSU is a great football team but you must say that they play nobody teams that I assure you half haven’t been in the top 10 in the last decade or so. Plus, the last seven years FOUR different SEC teams won a championship throughout that time period. Talk about a power conference. Tell me why five SEC teams are in the Top 10… They play more than enough ranked teams to call their schedules tough. Don’t use your pitiful excuse of preseason rankings. Mississippi State wasn’t even ranked at the beginning of the season, nor Auburn the last season. To basically summarize my essay, you are wrong about the SEC.

    • Did you actually read the article or was there not enough pictures for you? You see those numbers and words up there are called an article and in that article there is what we people call facts. Now I’m gonna say this really slow so even you SEC homers can understand, The FACTS PROVE that the SEC is OVERRATED period. Just because you ignore them doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Oh yeah and in case you don’t know your opinion isn’t considered FACTS. If you have the nuts go do just a little research and you will realize how OVERRATED the SEC is. Not to mention the collusion between the SEC, BCS, and ESPN.LETS just say there was a lot of money involved. This is why the SEC fought for the BCS and against the playoffs for so many years and refused to take part in the new playoff system unless STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE was still part of the equation. COINCIDENT I THINK NOT!

      • One question, The year ND went undefeated and most SEC fans stated ND did not play anyone all year. That BLOW out was because the SEC and bama was really overrated, or because of magic? Until other teams and conferences can just win.. thats all it takes is to just win. Most years when SEC teams went undefeated. Teams like OU (ducks, sooners) were with a loss already. Even when teams like OU (ducks or sooners) went up against SEC teams in championship games, They lost because the SEC really isnt that good?

        9-1 in championship games. 7 in a row. From ONE conference. This is just hate and bitterness. Its like fans being mad at the lakers or celtics because they won alot. Just like a few people say MJ and the bulls werent that good either. These are the foolish arguments some of the anti SEC fans use against the SEC who just wins.. And by the way, The SEC won against Now B12 top team KSU, Clemson, Ecaro and Wisc. No one is running from anyone. The SEC has the highest winning percentage and the ACC with the same number of teams is 12 wins behind?

    • I can’t believe people actually think that the SEC is good, the conference should be ripped up, crushed into dust and thrown out of football. They only play each other! That is so pathetic! The SEC teams shouldn’t even be allowed to play football anymore, they are so bad. We should get rid of ESPN too, they are so biased to them, even in basketball they love SEC, and in any other sport that the SEC is in. We should sue ESPN. And have anyone’s head that tries to stand up for them. Don’t even get me started on the SEC network. And SEC fans are so hateful towards us, they talk about how over rated we are, and how ESPN is biased toward us. They are such liars, SEC fans are so stupid and pathetic, they hate us. But we must be the good people here, we speak the truth and stand for what is right.

      • Another example of why the SEC stinks! FSU crushed Auburn last year in the BCS Title Game. Other conferences > SEC. I bet ESPN is trying to take that trophy away from FSU and give it to Auburn.

        ESPN brainwashes people, look what they have done to Herby, he used to speak the truth! Now, he has turned against us. But we’ll deal with him later. We must never be quieted! Speak for ever!

        Let’s take the SEC DOWN! Burn them alive.

        You can’t spell second with out the SEC!

  2. BRAVO!!!!! Finally found an article which calls out the SEC and the BS that keeps putting SEC teams in the top 5. Gauntlet.. the SEC plays teams like Chattanooga. …. CHATTANOOGA! !!!! How does the “GREATEST” most powerful conference play a team named Chattanooga?

    Bottom line. I am a former PAC 10 player (yes I am aging). The PAC 12 is the toughest conference in college football. Out of 12 teams 10 of them can win any Saturday. Now can Alabama play against any PAC 12 school? Yes they can. They are a great team. Here is the difference. There are only three schools in the SEC who can play against Alabama. 3 out of 18 teams. Alabama only has to play 2 or 3 tough games every year. Especially when their non conference games are against junior college teams ensuring their starters stay healthy.

    PAC 12 teams play atleast 6 or 7 tough games every year because their conference truly is tough. It’s a complete conference. Maybe the PAC 12 should become the PAC 18 and then they can beat up on other schools leaving their 10 solid teams in the top 25.

    Without three teams, the SEC would be the laughing stock of College football

      • Maybe we should reach out in our communities and speak to our neighbors about it, I bet they’re biased to the SEC too. Save Our Country!

    • with out 3 teams? I guess you mean Bama, UF and LSU? Even if that was the case they would still have 2 championships. B12 B10 combined have 3 championships. ACC has only 2 and because USC… the Pac 12 has None..Big east UM.. So What is your argument again? If you take away 3 mult winners the SEC would be a joke.. They would still have 2 wins. Still better than, B10, Pac 10/pac12, and ties with the ACC.. But if you take away FSU, the ACC would be a joke.. If you took away OU and texas the B12 would be a joke.. See how this works? As much as people would like for the 2 times and 3 times SEC champs to be just a bad nightmare, It is reality.

  3. I am an LSU fan, but I totally respect that there are teams outside the SEC that are very good football teams. I would personally love to see teams in the SEC play power 5 teams more often during the regular season! The national championships of recent years are certainly a factor, but as pointed out, Alabama got smoked by Oklahoma last year amomg many other SEC losses to OOC schools in bowl games in the last decade. There is certainly a bias towards the SEC, but I do believe they have the most title contenders/teams that can hang with anyone in the country as a whole at this point.

    • What a fair response John, I can tell you dont want to ruffle any feathers, Geaux Tigers. But You of all people should know, LSU has in the past put it all on the line, Vs OU ducks, VT, West Virginia. The year we beat OU, that was their only lost and I am certain they regret playing LSU. Most top teams do not want to play other top teams if it will mean they will have to pray, like MSU loss vs the ducks. Also, SEC teams in general do not need to play many ranked teams outside of conf play because we will play some of the best teams in the country.

      However, SEC OOC games this year..
      Clemson at Georgia w
      South Carolina at Clemson
      LSU w vs. Wisconsin
      Auburn w at Kansas State
      Tennessee at Oklahoma w
      UCF at Missouri w
      Alabama w vs. West Virginia
      Arkansas w at Texas Tech
      Ole Miss w vs. Boise State
      Florida at Florida State

      So considering the only lost so far was to OU.. and most likely a lost to FSU, The SEC does have Decent out of conf games. Some people Do not want to give credit when its due. “Over the last decade, the SEC holds a nation-best .633 winning percentage against other Power 5 conference teams and has 33 more wins than the PAC-12, its next closest competitor.” And the same is true this year SEC winning percentage is 66.7 so far and Pac 12 is next with 63 with b12 at 59. Facts are facts my friend.

      • Why would Oklahoma regret playing LSU that year? It was for a national championship. And LSU beat the Sooners by a whopping touchdown. Wow- impressive. Southern Cal beat the Sooners by like 50 points in the NC. Nobody ever claimed that the Pac-10 was almighty at that time. Screw ESPN and See BS. Sportscenter is a joke now anyways.

      • Great points about the SEC. I too appreciate the stats from your article on the Super Bowl entries by conferences. I would like to see a all conference/Hall of Fame team comparison. What you think?

  4. The sec sucks overrated and play the weekest teams in the non conference. It’s laughable until the point that they get 4 of the first 5 top votes in the ap with poor losses. I blame espn mostly, they are unbelievably bias towards that over rated conference.

  5. Who wouldn’t want to play for a National Championship against a Colt McCoy-less Texas? (And the game still wasn’t settled until well into the 4th quarter.) Who wouldn’t want to play for a National Championship against the only team in the country more over-hyped than the SEC – Notre Dame? Even several of the SEC championships, such as these, are hollow and tarnished.

    • One conference cannot hang their hat on one bowl game against one opponent 7-8 years ago.

      Go out and play someone. Every year. Stop cancelling because you can’t get a “neutral site” in your region. It’s so candy-assed to buy out of games you’re afraid to lose, then write another check for some FCS replacement.
      Only the SEC does this, and they do it every year.

  6. Miami went undefeated for 3 years, then lost to tOSU.
    I don’t recall anyone from the BIG beating their chest and proclaiming conference superiority.
    It was one game, and Ohio State won.
    NOT the BIG.
    See what I did there?

  7. The SEC homers just cant quite grasp the concept?? Lets look at how it works.. its not that tough?

    Was South Carolina REALLY a 9th Ranked team at the beginning of the season? Hmmm??? And when Texas A&M comes in and whoops up on them… they shoot to number 9!?!?!? REALLY??? Is TA&M a 9th Ranked Team?? Then A&M beats up on Lamar and go to #7??

    Week 5.. Mississippi State goes from Unranked to #14 because they beat #8 LSU?? Was LSU REALLY #8?? AND THEN Miss State beats the #6 Texas A&M… HA!! #6?!!? Are you kidding me??

    All I continue to read is “how powerful the SEC is”.. “look how many National Championships we’ve won”. Do you see how this works – or do I need to go back over it? Its a total SHAM. Put as many SEC teams in the top 10 and you are bound to get one (or several) to stay there.

    As I think everyone in the county will agree, there are a few great teams in the SEC (clearly UK, Vandy, Ark, Tenn, A&M are all great because they are in the SEC.. right)… but you rarely hear anyone from the SEC talk about any other teams in other divisions? To say that its “the only conference that has any meaning” is complete BS. Are SEC Homers that delusional that they truly believe this?

  8. By the way.. here is the SEC’s answer to.. look how many NFL players we have. Lets look at the game that means the most.. the Super Bowl.

    Since the Super Bowl has been going on for almost 50 years—way longer than the SEC’s current reign—could it be that teams from other conferences are the real all-time leaders?

    To answer this, we scoured Pro-Football Reference’s Super Bowl rosters for all 48 games in history.

    The Top Five Teams

    If you include this year’s tilt between Denver and Seattle, 96 teams have ascended to the Super Bowl since it debuted in 1966.

    That’s 96 rosters, with college football teams getting credit for each and every time a former player went on to play in the NFL title game.

    Here are the results.

    Top Five College Football Teams in Super Bowl Appearances
    School Number of Appearances
    1 Miami (Fla.) 117
    2 USC 111
    3 Penn State 103
    4 UCLA 102
    5 Michigan 99
    6 Notre Dame 99
    Pro-Football Reference

    As shocking as it may seem, not only does the SEC not own the top spot, it doesn’t even have a member in the top five.

    The highest-ranked SEC team all-time? Well, that’s Tennessee, which comes in at No. 8 with 93 Super Bowl appearances.

    What gave Miami (Fla.) a huge advantage in the count was the number of times it had more than three guys on a single team’s Super Bowl roster. This happened on six occasions, with the highlight coming in 1993 when the Dallas Cowboys had six Hurricanes on the sidelines.

    Also worth noting is Notre Dame, which has had a player represent it at every single Super Bowl but two. The exceptions came in Super Bowl XII (1977, Dallas-Denver) and Super Bowl XXXIII (1998, Denver-Atlanta).

    In case you’re wondering—and you probably are—here’s the balance of the Top 10: No. 7 Nebraska (95), No. 8 Tennessee (93), No. 9 Colorado (88) and No. 10 Georgia (82).

    The Top Five Conferences

    Here’s a look at how the power-five conferences rank in all-time Super Bowl roster appearances. Keep in mind that this is based on conference membership in 2013.

    All-Time Super Bowl Appearances By Conference
    Conference Number of Appearances Avg Per Team
    1 Big Ten 756 63
    2 Pac-12 750 62.5
    3 SEC 732 61
    4 ACC 714 51
    5 Big 12 390 39
    Pro-Football Reference

    The numbers make a clear case for the Big Ten and Pac-12 as the leaders in sending players to the Super Bowl.

    The Big Ten’s lead is built on Penn State’s 103 appearances, Michigan’s 99, Nebraska’s 95 and Ohio State’s 80. The addition of the Cornhuskers—who defected from the Big 12 in 2011—launched the Big Ten to the top of the charts.

    The Pac-12 has two programs above the 100-mark (USC and UCLA), while Colorado gives it a big boost with its 88 appearances. Next in line is Cal, which contributes a healthy 74.

    UCLA sent five players to Super Bowl XXXVIII, including RB DeShaun Foster who rushed for 43 yards and scored one touchdown.
    The SEC comes in third, led by Tennessee (93), Georgia (82), LSU (77), Alabama (75) and Florida (71). It certainly didn’t hurt when it picked up Texas A&M (65) and Missouri (30) from the Big 12.

    Next is the ACC, bolstered by nation-leading Miami (Fla.) followed by Florida State (77), North Carolina (66), Clemson (64) and Boston College (59).

    Lagging way beyond the rest of the pack is the Big 12, which doesn’t have a program above the 70-mark. The top dog is Oklahoma with 69, then Texas at 66 and No. 3 Kansas with 43.

    The Big 12’s low average in appearances per team (39) proves that the deficiency isn’t due to the conference’s shrinking membership.

    In this case, it’s all about the lasting effects of losing big-time programs to conference realignment.

  9. Excellent piece, and very funny. Really enjoyed it! Want to make a S-E-C!!! fan squirm? Ask him how is it that a 14 team conference has a mere 8 conference games. When they try to shrug it off, persist. Mention the 4 byes. Tell them that, for example, the PAC 12 has 2 byes. Then say, in an ernest and sincere manner, don’t you think that’s a lot? So far the answers I’ve received have been mostly grunts. Move on from there to the incredible number of games vs footballs two worst conferences, the Scum Belt and CUSA. Throw in 12 or 13 games with I-AA teams and the result is a season that comes down to 2-4 games. Why is the S-E-C!!! allowed to get away with playing teams like WV, VT, Clemson, a down Boise….in Atlanta? Whatever happened to the traditional H/A? They should take heat for that, because by now Atlanta is a comfortable second home to teams like Bama. What it really says is that if the S-E-C!!! were to play home and aways, like the other conferences, they’d lose a lot more games. The S-E-C!!! stands for Seriously Extraordinarily Cautious. Which would be fine if it wasn’t for all the chest thumping. Limit Exposure in the conference’s credo. Which is too bad for fans who want to see more tough match ups, like there was 25 or so years ago.

    Biggest, and so often said on SECPN, LIE in college football: “Week in and week out, the S-E-C!!!’s
    schedules are brutal!”

  10. The SEC has won the last 7 of 8 national championships and the most recent one was lost by 3 points to a very good FSU team. Nuff said… But maybe the SEC is overrated… But after 7 straight championships from 4 different teams, maybe it deserves it… Maybe the SEC doesn’t play enough out of conference power conference teams, but maybe the fact that the SEC recieves the most talented and highly rated recruits in the nation can confirm that SEC is as dominant as they seem…

  11. Oh, I agree; the SEC is overrated. Southern players are overrated. In fact, Southern weather is overrated. Midwesterners should avoid Southern vacations due to the overrated weather. College football recruiters should avoid Southern players, as they are overrated. Leave all the Southern players in The South and let’s see who wins all the national championships, then. Oh, wait, The South already wins them all.

    • Well no one is doubting the wins, but the doubt is about the politics to get them there(The National championship Game). The SEC in general should have a minimum of 1 more conference game having FOURTEEN teams, and then maybe sprinkle in someone from one of the other Power 5 conferences.
      And why all of a sudden this year-are you now styled as the sEc WeSt, leaving out the east?
      ESPN writer rhetorics!
      Then the ultimate test comes about over the past few years with the conference re-alignments.
      TWO middle of the road Big-12 teams enter the conference and have relatively good success, and not even having the full compliment of 3 or 4 years in recruiting to SUPPOSEDLY catch up in talent. But no, instant success! No other teams entering into new conferences had the success of Mizzou or A&M in the sEc. So, essentially until year 4 has completed we shouldn’t technically be able to call them sEc teams. The sEc has two power 5 teams in that conference with Mizzou and A&M. Mizzou Tigers hadn’t seen a championship in the Big-12 in I DON’T KNOW four decades. A&M had not fared any better in the Big-12 play with the exception of being a irrelevant rival to the Longhorns. But both go to the sEc and become winners in that conference and somehow offensive juggernauts in the so-called tough defensive conference.
      Mizzou, to MY demise come up just short in the sEc championship game in a tough DEFENSIVE shoot out. The proudly happy guy on their defense needed a couple of more big plays to stop AU. And no, don’t go there, I am sensitive!
      Then there’s the fIneBaUm character-he’s objective! Does ESPN have any other sports personality representing another conference giving one sided opinions? Well if their looking for one out of the Pac-12 there’s Rick Neuheisel. But as of right now the only guy who goes against the ESPN sEc bias is Danny Kanell–Oh how I’d love to see his e-mail from the mild tempered southerners.
      As for the rest of the ESPN media guys, its as though they all get a $100 bonus every time the word ‘sEc’ comes out their mouths.
      So, to be sure Jim, the sEc DOES have some great players but the conference is not thought of
      the same way as you folks down there.
      Am A ambassador To Diminishing The sEc Hype

  12. The SEC continues to be overvalued. In polls, they typically have the highest 1-loss, 2-loss or 3-loss teams. Usually, the have 1 well respected team. Not the 5 who were in the Pre-Season College Football Poll. Also, how does the great Alabama team of 1974 claim a National Championship when they lost their bowl game to Notre Dame. The SEC is all about hype and lacks substance.

    • Whatever you’ll do, please..please..please continue with your SEC EXPOSED write ups.
      This is the greatest, to the point, factual and statistical dialogue on the SEC that I’ve come
      You’ll carry my every thought about the SEC-ESPN “mancrush”, but you articulate it far better
      than I ever could.
      The whole double-standard is agrivating to WE college football fans.
      Look forward to the next article.

      Thx, Shawn out of SoCal

  13. I really like what you have to say about the SEC; keep telling it like it is!!! But one thing I would like to point out is the point on non-conference schedules in the SEC. We all know they are notorious for picking out cupcakes to pad stats when they’re not proving their ‘worth’ against their overrated peers. But who doesn’t play these smaller schools who don’t have a chance? As a Clemson student, I will use my Tigers as an example. Aside from UGA, we wouldn’t have a refutable out-of-conference game. It’s like that for the vast majority of teams in the CFP Top 25. But to back you up, Alabama’s only wins against decent teams were within the SEC. I’m with you in being puzzled by how that makes them untouchable to other teams. ESPN’s marriage with the SEC is unhealthy for the whole sport. Yeah, there’s a Big Ten Network which makes the SEC not the only conference with a big network, but that’s the thing; the Big Ten Network isn’t with the SEC. On a sidenote, yesterday was possible the best thing that could happen to college football as a whole. The seemingly inferior ACC crushed all four SEC opponents IN ONE DAY. For you detractors, chew on this: 1. GT’s win over no. 9 UGA makes it impossible to say it was against a “crappy” team in a “crappy” divsion. 2: Clemson’s win over S. Carolina is not worthless because the Gamecocks were pre-season favorites to win their division and with all the recent success, its odd that they couldn’t recruit or coach better than they have this year. 3. Louisville’s win over UK came against a squad who threatened no.1 Miss. St. the whole game despite losing. 4. FSU’s win over UF proved once again that a team who has been thrown into the fire multiple times in an attempt to break their will wins again. While many are saying those teams are in the ‘bad’ division, THEY’RE STILL IN THE SEC. A spade is a spade. ESPN’s false advertisment on a ‘fair’ playoff should be scrapped until they get their shit together and stand by their words.

  14. Great rundown of November 28th, when the ACC, considered by many to be the worst P5 conference, went 4-0 against the SEC West. A key event that got little attention and now is rarely mentioned. Now, Silve wisely wanted to get away from those ever so friendly games with the ACC.
    Is it really a non conference game when you play them every year? When at least half the team has already been to the SEC venue? When an SEC East team plays Louisville, GT, FSU or Clemson far more than they play Auburn, Bama, LSU….sure, they throw a few token games in there, Bama actually plays UGA regular season this year, but for the most part it’s years between game. All those ACC ( the Butt Boy Division of the SEC) games also allow those teams to declare…” But…but…how can I play Southern Cal/Michigan State/UND etc….I already have to play GT!!” The ACC games are all part of the dodge. Next year, when the B10 goes to 9 conference games and reduces the number of non conf games from 4 to 3, that will leave only the SEC and the ACC playing a mere 8 conference games in a 14 team conference. One thing though…Clemson is the classic example of an ACC team that helps the SEC limit exposure. Clemson has played the B12/B10/BE/Pac12 a scant 11 times regular season, COMBINED…ALL TIME!!! Sometime early next year Clemson will play the SEC for the 200th time.

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