Let’s cut right to the chase: The SEC has won the last seven BCS national championships. It usually sends a second team to another BCS game as an at-large bid. When the SEC plays teams out of conference, either to open up seasons or in bowl games, the league generally dominates.
You could easily look at Alabama’s 42-14 blowout win over Notre Dame in the 2013 national title game as an example of precisely that.
However, if you would like to look more closely we could use, well, what could we use? Oh, let’s just toss out Texas A&M’s 41-13 beatdown of Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl as another show of SEC mettle.
Why did we use that game?
Because when asked about the perceived widening gap between the SEC and the rest of the nation, Sooners coach Bob Stoops kept that little score to himself. Instead, he chose to point out the lower half of the SEC as a reason why the league as a whole does not dominate the way the nation tends to talk about.
“Well, it depends on what gap you’re talking about,” Stoops said, via Tulsa World. “What are the bottom six doing?”
“So they’ve had the best team in college football,” Stoops said. “They haven’t had the whole conference. Because, again, half of ‘em haven’t done much at all. I’m just asking you. You tell me.
“It depends on who you want to listen to,” Stoops said. “Listen, they’ve had the best team in college football, meaning they’ve won the national championship. That doesn’t mean everything else is always the best.
“So you’re listening to a lot of propaganda that gets fed out to you,” he said. “You’re more than smart enough to figure it out. Again, you can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams, and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are. How well are they all doing?
“What’d we (the Big 12) have, eight of 10 teams in bowl games this year? Again, you figure it all out.”
Yes, Kentucky, Tennessee and Auburn were all wretched in 2012, there is no denying that. However, some of the Big 12’s best teams wound up embarrassing themselves toward the end of the year.
Whereas Vanderbilt and Ole Miss, two teams in the bottom half of the SEC, won their bowl games, Kansas State got blown away by Oregon. Oklahoma suffered its aforementioned defeat. West Virginia fell to Syracuse and TCU lost as well.
We could keep going, but we feel like you get the point.
As for this article itself, is it absolutely riddled with SEC bias?
Of course, but it’s been earned on the field of play. “Big Game Bob” should know, he and his record-setting offense experienced it firsthand when he played the Florida Gators in 2008.
[H/T: Saturday Down South]