The propaganda parade is under way. We told you before the season it would happen. Hell, we told you during LAST season it would happen. There was never a doubt that the SEC-enamored media, led by the financially invested ESPN network, would work season-long to assure complete corruption of the college football playoff committee in only their first year. It began with the endless preseason advertising of the SEC Network, a venture that promises to make ESPN tons and tons of cash should the SEC remain the most successfully perceived brand in college athletics. Then the media played along by banding together to rank a record EIGHT SEC Teams in the Top 25 of the major polls, a move that all but assures their leap-frogging act during regular season will land 5 or more in the top 10 by season’s end. As the season has gotten underway, ESPN and other lame-stream media sportscasters and writers have been plugging away the SEC praise, pouring on the propaganda about the SEC’s historic “dominance” over the rest of the power 5 over the past decade (see our last article). Endless playoff scenarios keep getting broadcast by ESPN, all including 2 or more SEC teams in the final four playoff. It’s like we are watching a political campaign with all of the campaigning being done for only one candidate. As a result, now only into the fourth week of the season, we are already seeing the fruits of these labors in full bloom as FIVE SEC West Teams have stormed the AP Top 10, and 7 SEC teams in general sit in the Top 15. And we are being told to believe it is because of what they’ve done on the field so far. But have they really done as much as we are being forced to believe?
We would like to believe all the media propaganda isn’t going to influence the playoff committee. But let’s be realistic. Of course it will. When this committee releases its first polls in late October, who among us believes they will actually veer drastically from the AP poll? Who among us believes they don’t watch ESPN and thus listen to the consistent bashing of every conference that is not the SEC? Who among us believes that if so much as one high profile non-SEC team stumbles in any game they play (particularly FSU, Oregon, or Oklahoma), there will not be a guarantee of one-loss SEC team(s) in the playoff? And most importantly, who among us believes that if the FBS played a REAL playoff like the FCS does, that the SEC wouldn’t get the biggest dose of humble pie in history by being forced to actually play the best of the best OOC in the end?
The media voters and the E$PN propaganda machinations have virtually assured us now that there will be two SEC teams now in this pre-determined playoff sham, and if too many more college football upsets occur like the ones we saw the past two weeks, there could even be more! The insane question we have to ask ourselves at this point is, what the hell has the SEC proven to us to have earned this virtual guarantee so early? Let’s try to look at what has earned them this incredible validation by the masses by Week 4…
As of Sept 16, 2014, the SEC is 27-2 in non-conference games. As first glance that seems pretty damn impressive. No other conference has those kinds of numbers. But who exactly have they played that has created this notion of outright global domination? In three weeks of play, the 14 SEC teams combined have only played just FIVE GAMES against Power 5 opponents. Here are those opponents:
#1) 14th ranked Wisconsin (defeated by LSU 28-24 in Week 1)- Wisconsin likely 2nd-3rd best team in the Big Ten. LSU was favored.
#2) 16th ranked Clemson (defeated at Georgia 45-21 in Week 1)- Clemson likely 2nd-3rd best team in the ACC; Georgia likely the best team in the SEC East. Georgia was favored.
#3) Unranked West Virginia (defeated by Alabama 33-23 in Week 1)- West Virginia likely 4th-5th best team in the Big 12; Alabama is regarded as best team in SEC. Alabama was heavily favored.
#4) Unranked Texas Tech (defeated by Arkansas 49-28 in Week 3)- Texas Tech is likely in the bottom third of the Big 12; Arkansas too is in the bottom third of the SEC (likely 5th best team in SEC West). The line on this game was EVEN just prior to kickoff.
#5) 4th ranked Oklahoma (beats Tennessee 34-10 in Week 3)- Oklahoma is likely the best team in the Big 12; Tennessee is likely the 4th-5th best team in the SEC East. Oklahoma was favored.
Now how about the other 23 victories by the big, bad SEC? Here is where those great wins came from:
Conference USA- 5
Sun Belt- 4
Mountain West- 3
Oh, and then of course we have the loss by Vanderbilt to The AAC doormat Temple.
ANALYSIS: The SEC is 4-1 in Power 5 play, so far best record of any conference. But unlike every other conference, the SEC played down to its competition in nearly every one of those games. The one game they were not favored to win, they lost it BIG. But we aren’t discrediting every SEC team victory here. Two SEC team wins we feel actually were fairly respectable against OOC competition… the LSU and Arkansas victories specifically. Mainly because these teams defeated relatively similar positioned counterparts in their opponents’ respective conferences. The teams beaten by the SEC are not exactly juggernauts either. Clemson is an overrated shell of it’s 2013 team and will likely end the year unranked with 4 or more losses. Texas Tech will likely finish under .500 in the lower third of the Big 12. Wisconsin is an upper tier team but playing in what has shown to be arguably the worst conference in the Power 5 so far this season. West Virginia is a mid tier Big 12 member. These are not the types of opponents you defeat and pound your chest about invincibility over. Especially not after we just witnessed one of the perennially weak Power 5 conferences, the ACC, play games in which their middle of the road members knocked off one of the best Big Ten AND one of the best PAC-12 teams in consecutive weeks. I haven’t seen any middle of the road SEC teams do anything like that. The one team that had a chance to pull an actual similar upset for the SEC (Tennessee) got their teeth kicked in by SEC bully Oklahoma.
Just to be clear, we aren’t saying the SEC teams aren’t making a better showing in football SO FAR this season than the other conferences. It would be foolish to say that. All we are saying at this point so early in the season is that the SEC as a whole has not been facing the kind of top level OOC competition that should be earning it the right to occupy literally HALF of the AP Top 14! With the top dog upsets we have seen across the board in just the past three weeks (basically because other conferences’ best are willing to play quality Power 5 opponents), none of the other conferences have really been able to establish a right to claim that they are the “best” or “better” than the SEC. At least not yet. But at least they are trying by not shying away from stronger tests out of conference. The SEC rather is building up a resume of beating up on mostly smaller guys, and then claiming they are the best top to bottom when their own guys start beating up on each other. This tired little manipulation game of theirs is an annual tradition that we have come to expect and it is no longer fooling any of us. Except of course for the shills at ESPN and their money-grab SEC Network. And as long as the AP poll keeps rewarding them for it, and as long as E$PN keeps advertising SEC greatness on every one of their social media platforms, we can be assured that the manipulation will carry right over into the playoff committee’s selection process.
This week doesn’t look too bleak for what’s left of this ho-hum early season SEC OOC schedule either. In Week 4, Auburn (2nd or 3rd best team in SEC West) will face a mid to low tier Big 12 Kansas State program. So we can expect a massive amount of chest pounding by the SEC Chanters on twitter after this one as well, I’m sure.
Keep bringing it chanting trolls. Continue bragging about other teams’ accomplishments. Stay loud and proud and arrogant as ever. And keep praying that the media manipulators assure the SEC to occupy the entire 4 team playoff bracket so that your beloved top teams never have to risk being challenged. Just realize when the time comes that one of your juggernauts has to face one of the OOC big boys of college football with all the chips on the table, we will be there. Ready to show the world how once AGAIN you overrated frauds were EXPOSED!