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Yes, there is little doubt that the SEC is the conference riding highest on the hog these days in college football.
6 Straight National Championships by 4 different teams speaks for itself. It simply has never been done before.
However, they are looking to strong-arm the rest of the college football world to improve their almighty position even further. Not only strong-arm, but to cloud the sensibilities of the rest with their whole 'best' rhetoric.
I'll give you 5 reasons why:
1. The SEC's push for a 'Best 4 teams' Four team playoff: In the past 10 years of college football, no conference would have been rewarded more by a 'Best 4 teams' format in college football than the SEC. Especially over the last 6 seasons. They are on top, own the rankings, and if 2 teams are above average in the SEC they'll likely (for the next decade) have at least 2 teams in a Final 4 'best 4 teams' format. If they get their way in a 'best 4' format, it has every indication it will only make them stronger.
2. Big 12/SEC Champions Game: Obviously a complete spitting in the face of the Big 10 and Pac 12. They are looking to belittle the Rose Bowl as much as possible, and when push comes to shove, they'll keep that game out of any playoff talk if the Big 10 and Pac 12 try to push the Rose Bowl more than they already have.
3. First to move to 12, first to move to 14: They just got into Texas, and have expanded their recruiting grounds even further. And yes, Missouri does produce some great HS talent. They already had the hottest bed for recruiting in Florida and the entire SE, now they can include another huge hotbed for all SEC schools to prey upon in Texas. While they dabbled in recruiting of those states, they now have full force ability to recruit those areas. If recruiting Missouri and Texas wasn't more difficult with our move to the Big 10 before, it just became 10 times more difficult.
4. Keeping Big 12 out of Florida: They'll fight this one hard behind the scenes. The SEC joined with the Big 12 for more reasons than debunking the Rose Bowl. They also want to align with the BIg 12 to try and keep them from expanding into their Florida footprint. The SEC will never include FSU or Miami, but they'll do all they can to make Florida more relevant in their conference than any other school in the entire country. That includes 'horn-swaggling' their newest friend in the Big 12 from expanding into Florida and the SE footprint they so much enjoy.
5. DIvisions Within Own Conference: Funny how they speak a big game on 'best 4' nationally, but shy away from pitting their 'best 2' in the SEC Championship game. If you are truly looking to crown a conference champ, would you not want the 'best 2' playing in the Championship game? Last year that would have been LSU and Alabama, thus eliminating one of them from the BCS Championship game. They certainly don't want to do that, especially with LSU and 'Bama in the same division and true National Title contenders on a year in and year out basis as long as Miles and Saban are still coaching.
These are huge days in college football right now. The footprint for the next 10 to 20 years is at stake, and we simply can't allow the SEC to win off the field as much as they currently win on the field. Not only win, but give them the chance to even get stronger than they are now.
Down with the SEC plan.
Up with the Big 10 and Conference Champions only playoff that gives fairness opposed to a potential monopoly.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Skerz 23 months ago
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Given the success of the SEC the last decade, you can't argue with their logic. At the same time, if the BCS wants to move this in the right direction they will go with a Conference Champion format.
It's a well documented fact that when it comes to the bowls and the BCS Championship, college football fans prefer games with geographic diversity among teams that earned their way in.
The 3 worst rated BCS Championship games ever involved: two teams from the same conference (LSU/Alabama, 2012), a game where one team lost their CC by 4 touchdowns (OU/USC, 2005), and a game where 1 team didn't win their division, and had lost their last game by 25 points (Miami/Nebraska, 2002). Conversely, the CG between cross country opponents Oregon and Auburn was the most watched program in cable TV history. Duhhh...
What this ought to tell the people making the decisions, is that despite how good the SEC and the Big XII have been, rigging the system so that more than 1 team from these conferences gets in is not going to interest the college football public. It would certainly gain the interest of the respective conference, but the overall college football fan base isn't going to care for it.
Now, you could make a bylaw where the CC has to be ranked in top 8 or 10 in order to qualify for the Final Four, and if only 3 CC's are in that group, you take a wild card instead. Otherwise, just go with conference champions. The SEC is still going to be the heavyweight, but there's no need to reward their CCG loser (or a team that didn't even make it there) with a slot in the Final Four. The average college football fan isn't going to buy into it.
very well put... I agree 100% with you.
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