Somehow saying “I Told Ya So” just isn’t enough.
While ESPN and the mainstream media fawned over the SEC, our site has remained consistent over the last 18 months. Never did we say that the SEC was a bad conference. Merely that they were vastly overrated, the product of sports media overhype mixed with the skilled art of avoiding the top competition from the other Power 5 conferences. For years we have been told they are great because they have to play each other and that they didn’t need to prove anything by playing the other conference’s big boys on the block. For years we witnessed a corrupted BCS bowl system pair SEC teams with much inferior competition, creating mismatches that assured the SEC the best conference bowl records year after year. And now in this, the first year of the College Football Playoff, the sham that the biased media has been feeding you all along has finally been EXPOSED. The SEC is no greater than any other conference when their teams pair up at the top.
Welcome to the party, gumps.
The so-highly regarded SEC West was 2-5 in bowls this season… in fact, they went 0-4 against 10 win teams. And for the first time in nearly a decade, an undeserving SEC champion hasn’t been ramrodded into the national championship game behind the push of a manipulative ESPN-led media propaganda parade. And it happened in the first year of the college football playoffs, the first year that SEC teams had to prove they belonged at the top before getting a shot at all the marbles.
The SEC nearly got their way. A fair playoff was never assured until the final week of the regular season. We professed for months that the incompetent ESPN-influenced College Football Playoff Committee (a.k.a. Clown Committee) would work their tails off to ensure AT LEAST two SEC teams in the top four to force another SEC title shot and vastly improve their odds. And it almost happened… it WOULD have happened were it not for a couple of fortunate games that transpired in rivalry week: The Ole Miss win over Mississippi State and the Georgia Tech victory over Georgia. This left the committee with only one viable SEC team, their only one loss team and conference champion, Alabama. The committee did give Alabama the (unearned) number one seed in what can only be described as a desperate attempt to give them the easiest path to the title (the closest proximity of any of the four teams to their game site to ensure easy travelling for their fans coupled with the matchup with a four seed, presumably the easiest team of the four). Oh how the committee misjudged that no amount of seed manipulation could save them from having to acknowledge that the SEC’s best was NOT better than the Big Ten’s best. And believe us, had the committee chosen TCU instead of Ohio State for that fourth position, the outcome against Alabama wouldn’t have likely been much different, if not worse, for the overrated Tide.
Alabama lost by 7 to Ohio State. And a quick look at the stat line will show you that the game shouldn’t have even been THAT close. This was not an upset folks. The Buckeyes dominated the Tide on BOTH sides of the ball, outpassing and outrushing Alabama enroute to rolling up 537 yards on what ESPN often touted as an NFL-caliber defense. This is a vast difference from Alabama’s one season loss to Ole Miss, a game in which Bama dominated by a 396-327 yard margin. This proved clearly that the loss to Ohio State was not a fluke, and furthermore that the SEC’s best could not compete with the Big Ten’s best.
So for the second year in a row, the SEC’s best took it on the chin to another conference’s champion. While this is very telling all by itself, it is not the only thing revealed by the 2014 bowl season. All season long, ESPN has been touting the SEC West as the “NFL” division of college football. Few questioned those comparisons, as heavy coverage of all these great SEC West showdowns dominated ESPN airwaves, with most of the lamestream sports media sheeple outside of ESPN following right behind.
Our site was one of very few sources that questioned week after week what earned the SEC this right to be considered so top notch. Both Alabama and Auburn had escaped near losses to mid pack Big 12 powers earlier in the season. And LSU benefitted from a late comeback win over Wisconsin thanks largely to an injury to their workhorse running back. Outside of those games, the SEC was piling up wins over mainly Sun Belt and Conference USA opponents, pounding their chests along the way. The hints were there along the way, but nobody with SEC goggles on were willing to acknowledge them: Missouri (the eventual SEC East Champ) getting beaten at home by Big Ten doormat Indiana; the worst SEC team (Vandy) losing to AAC doormat Temple; TAMU nearly losing at home to Louisiana Monroe; Mississippi State barely escaping SEC East doormat Kentucky; the ACC going 4-0 against the SEC East (explained away by SEC Chanters as unimportant since the SEC East was merely the “weak” half of the SEC, despite the fact that half was the only one actually winning bowl games). All along we told you all that the Mississippi schools were vastly overrated and were merely reaping the benefits of heavy SEC favoritism by the media, aided by a cupcake out of conference schedule and the fact that the flagship SEC programs Alabama and Auburn were having down years. You see, our point all along was that the Mississippi programs were NOT suddenly good just because they were in the SEC. Just the opposite… the Alabama teams were becoming more average and drifting down to the rest of the conference’s mediocrity. We often accused the SEC in the past of being top heavy. For the first year in a long time, that was no longer true. The league had more parity, and the SEC was top to bottom… AVERAGE!
This SEC bowl season, the conference was solidly favored in 9 of their 12 games. And all but one of their ranked teams were playing other teams they were solidly favored to beat, with that one exception being TCU-Ole Miss. In a matchup of 6 (TCU) versus 9 (Ole Miss), you would expect the game to be a damn good one, especially if the lower ranked team is in the all powerful SEC West! Well, how does 42-3 taste, chanters? Crazy fact is, TCU had the 42 in just three quarters of play, calling off the dogs in the final quarter to leave an ounce of dignity for the beaten Rebels to crawl away with. And if that game wasn’t revealing enough, Mississippi State got trucked by 15 points by the second best team in the ACC. Georgia Tech, the champ of the supposedly weakest division in all of college football (ACC Coastal), a same team that lost to DUKE, whipped Miss State like a red-headed step-child. Couple this with the Wisconsin victory over Auburn and the Notre Dame win over LSU, and it becomes very clear that the SEC West was the paper tiger that we told you all season they were.
While this playoff format still isn’t ideal (we will never know how far TCU could have made it if they too were in the final mix), the playoff system still managed to work in its first year. Had the old BCS formula still been in play, both Oregon and Ohio State never would have been able to prove they were the best teams in football right now, and an SEC champion would’ve been pushed into the championship game yet AGAIN when they didn’t belong. While an 8 team playoff that allows every Power 5 champion to compete is still the best option, in the end we see that even a 4 team playoff is far better than the corrupt SEC-biased BCS system ever was. Just think of all the years we allowed decisions to be made by SEC honks in the media along with coaches who bought into the SEC hype, then mixed all their opinions in with computers programmed by SEC-enamored morons to come up with rankings that allowed the SEC to compete with titles that in some years they didn’t even deserve. How many of the seven consecutive SEC champions would have won had there been a four team playoff? 2? Maybe 3 at best?
For once, NOW, we have a championship game without a media-driven overrated SEC contender… and why? Because these playoffs helped expose the truth… a hard fact for these SEC homers in the media to swallow… that the best in the SEC is NOT always the best in college football. And we may never know if they ever were.
It’s time to bring an end to this unbearable conference chanting, gumps. Pride in the “greatest football conference in America” is foolish and asinine, mainly because the SEC is NOT the greatest conference in America, and has shown it YET AGAIN. Of course the SEC has good teams. So does the PAC-12. And the Big Ten. And the Big 12. And even the ACC. Can you witless chanters see what we are saying here? There are great teams all across the USA! There is parity at the top across college football, and this has been shown this bowl season. The ACC is 5-3 against the SEC this season following the bowls. Does that make the ACC better than the SEC? Of course not. It means that 5 ACC teams and 3 SEC teams were able to win games against overmatched opponents in the other conference. Arkansas pounding Texas doesn’t make the SEC better than the Big 12 any more than TCU obliterating Ole Miss makes the Big 12 better than the SEC. Georgia hammering Louisville doesn’t make the SEC better than the ACC any more than Georgia Tech smoking Mississippi State makes the ACC better than the SEC. And this argument applies to every record between every conference. Where it counts is at the top. And at the top, the two best teams are NOT from the SEC. Period. Teams are teams. Teams aren’t conferences, folks. Conferences are simply loose associations of teams grouped by geography for financial and organizational purposes, which is why they are used in sports all across the world. SEC fans have to break out of their knuckle-dragging mouth-breather civil-war mindset… your teams aren’t joining together to fight against the world for independence, guys. They are playing football games. That wasn’t the battle of Gettysburg you lost, it was the Sugar Bowl. These teams are playing football. And they are no better than good teams in any other corner of the country. So take the advice of your favorite broadcasting chanter Brent Musberger, and DEAL WITH IT.
The SEC Superiority Fraud HAS been EXPOSED!