Each week of the 2014 college football season, another crack in the SEC dominance façade armor can be seen. And with each passing week, the truth is becoming clearer and clearer that the SEC is NOT the super-conference that everyone has been touting in the press, and in fact may not even be as strong as the PAC 12. The SEC apologists are in full-on crisis mode as their over-hyped teams begin to expose each other with each passing week. We knew SOME level of exposure was coming, considering they all had to play each other eventually, having skated through their respective Methodist Church League out-of-conference schedules basically unscathed. As the losses begin to pile up for the SEC West, fans throughout college football who are not in the SEC are rejoicing, believing we may have some fairness after all in this college football playoff. Well, we are here to tell you, stop rejoicing. If you think ESPN, the SEC-obsessed media sheeple, or the NCAA’s committee of frauds is going to sit back quietly and let the first year of the CFB playoff proceed without a minimum of two SEC teams, you’ve got another thing coming.
The sports media, with ESPN leading the way, is ramping up their rhetoric of SEC dominance. Frequent mentions of the SEC West being an NFL caliber league are uttered by the various half-wit talking heads on an almost daily basis. The biased rhetoric is so thick on ESPN at times it makes Finebaum sound impartial. The committee continues to play along, vastly overranking the SEC to keep them all within legitimate striking distance of the #4 spot. These guys have no intention, none whatsoever, of allowing 3 other conference champs to challenge the best in the SEC. Because they know without a stacked deck, the paper tiger SEC and it’s house of cards would come tumbling down and their season long campaign to promote the greatness of the SEC would’ve been wasted.
This past week, SEC defender trolls were hard at work on twitter, demanding “facts” that show the SEC is overrated this season and that their SEC West teams aren’t vastly supreme to all other conferences. Even some dopey Athlon sports podcaster tried in vain to go toe to toe with us as he blew the SEC chanting trumpet like a good SEC-abiding media sheep. They all wanted “facts.” So we gave them facts.
Here are your facts… the SEC is overrated. In fact, they may not be the best conference in college football. Their single claim to fame, other than beating each other, is a strong OOC record this season against the Power 5. What they fail to tell you is, PAC 12 has done just as good a job and actually in fact a BETTER job at that than the SEC.
2014 Records against Power 5 OOC:
PAC 12: 6-2
SEC homers on ESPN want you to believe that Alabama is not only the best one loss team in football, but they are the best in the nation. While we are willing to concede that they likely are the best team in an overrated SEC, they are by no means the best one loss team in football. Not based on who they’ve actually beaten to get this far. How about looking at their FBS opponents’ records… which one loss teams actually played the tougher schedules?
Arizona St 0.555
The Emperor Has No Clothes. The only conquests to date by the all-powerful SEC West have been Wisconsin (4th or 5th best team in Big Ten), Kansas State (3rd best team in Big 12), West Virginia (mid-pack Big 12 team), and Texas Tech (one of worst teams in Big 12). If this is what ESPN hangs their hats on in their persistent over the top SEC West supremacy claims, their analysts should all quit and go find new jobs where their skill for peddling bullshit can be useful. I hear Toyota and the U.S. Congress are hiring.
The CFB playoff committee, meanwhile, remains a huge sham. Granted this week, their poll has the fairest mix of top teams in the top 4, albeit in the wrong order. But there is a reason they’ve done this, and its not to be fair or impartial. They are simply trying to pacify the angry mob of college football fans throughout the nation fed up with their ESPN-following biased bullshit, as they pretend the southeast is the only place in the U.S. that knows how to play football. But don’t let them fool you. The committee has every intention of getting two SEC teams in that final four. In fact, their recent slick, yet asinine, move of sliding FSU behind one loss Oregon was a hint at that intention. This move has little to do with whether or not Oregon is better than FSU. (Especially since Oregon clearly looks better than Mississippi State for that matter.) Anybody with an ounce of football knowledge and common sense knows that you don’t put a one loss team ahead of a Power 5 undefeated team who is coming off a national title victory and riding a 25 game win streak. Who gives a damn if FSU isn’t blowing out their opponents, they are winning and nobody has been able to stop them. How do you drop FSU for a 14 point victory while rewarding Mississippi State for a lackluster win over UT-Martin, a 5-6 FCS team who was throttled even by Jacksonville State?? All we are saying is, if you are going to leapfrog FSU with Oregon, you better leapfrog Mississippi State too.
It is quite obvious that there were much deeper motives by the committee for this poor precedent-setting move. For one, despite their denial, the committee is getting all their information and “analysis” from the biased talking heads at ESPN. These guys have made it a daily mission to destroy the nation’s respect of FSU, desperately trying to make the rest of the college football world hate them as vengeance for their part in exposing the SEC supremacy illusion last season. Secondly, and more importantly, the committee expects FSU to slip up eventually in a tight game before the season ends. Should it happen, the committee needs them ranked low enough to assure they have NO chance of making the CFB playoff. Their low placement of Ohio State has already all but eliminated the Big Ten from the playoff. Now they are trying to officially eliminate the ACC champ as well from consideration. With two conferences essentially pushed out, that guarantees room for their mandatory two SEC teams in the final playoff, which is the scenario we’ve been predicting since our earliest blogs in the Summer of 2013 when this sham committee idea was first announced. The plan is afoot and the conclusion is foregone. We are all just along for the ride.
No system that can so easily be manipulated by bias-directed humans in the name of corporate media profit churning should be allowed to exist in amateur intercollegiate athletics. But unfortunately this 4-team CFB Playoff sham is locked into place for several years to come. The only real hope that it can work is if the committee stops following the overblown ESPN hype machine for the SEC and starts looking at the bigger picture. We are by no means suggesting that the SEC champion ever be left out of the 4 team playoff scenario. Despite all our criticism of the SEC, we are well aware that they have some very good teams within their ranks and they deserve representation among the best in this playoff. We just want the committee to use good judgment in giving the other major conferences’ champions an opportunity to prove themselves as well. At least until someone can finally craft a TRULY realistic college football playoff, one that ideally involves 8 teams (Five Power 5 Conference Champions plus 3 At-Large Teams chosen by the committee), there will never be real justice in this heavily biased system.
All that being said, we actually think for the first week in a row that the committee has the top four most deserving teams up to this point in the season, regardless of how unconventionally they were ranked. TCU had to jump Alabama in their poll, yet we had TCU ahead of Bama all along in ours. This evenness in conference representation in their top four will not last in our opinion however. We suspect the committee’s agenda and it is NOT to be fair and unbiased in the end. When Alabama finally defeats this overrated Mississippi State team that is inappropriately seeded #1, the committee will likely thrust Alabama to #2 or 3 and only drop Mississippi State enough to keep them still in the thick of the race.
So now it’s time for our top 10… a reminder. This is the place that we feel these teams have EARNED and where they DESERVE to be at this point in the season. This is not how we think they are in order of how they will or should finish the season. (This is a clarification for the really slow SEC chanting crybaby trolls that follow us around on twitter all week bitching about our rankings… we are an opinion blog, trolls. If it upsets you that much, go back to watching the SEC network with the rest of the braindead sheeple and leave the intelligent debating to those of us who have an open, non-inbred mind.)
SEC Exposed Top Ten Poll- Week 12
1) FSU (9-0)
2) Miss. State (9-0)
3) Oregon (9-1)
4) TCU (8-1)
5) Arizona State (8-1)
6) Ohio State (8-1)
7) Alabama (8-1)
8) Baylor (8-1)
9) Nebraska (8-1)
10) UCLA (8-2)
Alabama is an 8.5 point FAVORITE by the way to beat the #1 team in the nation this weekend. If that doesn’t tell you how everyone outside of the ESPN-SEC-masturbating bubble recognizes how overrated the SEC has been all along, I don’t know what will! This weekend will be another eye opener in the exposure of the overrated SEC. The Emperor truly has no clothes.
And the SEC will once again be EXPOSED!