All this is true. And another truism: the SEC teams don't travel. Alabama
canceled the away half of a home and home with BYU after BYU threw a scare into
them. Their non-conference games are Div2 and 2nd tier teams. So they get into
the BCS NC based on a record of winning a conference (or if you're Alabama,
2nd place) that doesn't risk exposure outside the conference. None of these
schools are academic giants, so they don't have to be selective.The BCS is geared to protect the SEC, and protect is what the BCS does. Before
the BCS, the SEC didn't dominate the national scene like they do now. They
spend the BCS millions on football and hundreds on academics.Just
The question will be whether or not other schools ought to even play SEC until
there's an even playing field. Of course they won't because they
prefer a few extra crumbs while keeping the king in place.
But utah "fans" have been telling us the pac12 was the best conference
and that utah would be playing in the bcs championship within a couple of years
of joining the mighty pac12. I'm really puzzled by this revelation.
I had a discussion with an assistant coach at USU a few years ago who played at
LSU. I commented to him about how fast they were. He stated that their focus
was not to get fast guys- that was easy. Their emphasis was in size, speed, and
depth- the hogs was their focus. What would teams be like if they spent more
time recruit big linemen versus QBs?I also knew of a high school in
Georgia who spent $300,000 on their football program. As people have tried to
put moneys like that into the schools, you have 'educators' squashing
these programs. Like Cottonwood, they were finally bringing in national
attention from the likes of USC, Oregon, Alabama. I wish educators would get
educated. Can anyone compete with these schools? If took several years for
schools to catch onto weightlifting while Nebraska and Boyd Epley pummelled them
like rag dolls. The simple answer is if you want to play with the big
boys, you have to follow their recipe for success. Educators, get educated, then
act on your education.
How many of these athletes are well rounded academically. Their only goal in
many cases is to forgo a college degree and use the SEC to get into the NFL and
after 5 years in the NFL they are worthless. When the glory is gone after 5
years, it is literally gone all the accomplishments and glory years are
The NCAA could throw a wrench in the works and actually enforce academic
standards for all athletes. But I'm not holding my breath...
When talking about the SEC dynasty we can agree to the fact that Alabama, LSU,
Auburn, & Florida have indeed won the last 7 N.C. In fact we can no longer
be in denial that Alabama is a present day dynasty. However, the rest of the
SEC is not on par with Alabama and to a lesser extent, LSU, Auburn (well, not
last year) & Florida. The last N.C. apart from that group was Tennessee in
'98 ( No longer in top 25 discussion)and prior to that Georgia in '80.
Prior to that you have to go back to 1960 with Ole Miss. With regards to the
rest of the SEC (old alignment), Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina,
Vanderbilt & Kentucky, I'm not sure they wouldn't be as mediocre
as they are in the SEC as they would be in any other conference. When is the
last time those teams were in top 25 discussion in past 25 years (exception
being S.C. in recent years)? As long as the elite in the SEC can beat up on the
lower level they will always dominate. Of course the same can be said for most
other BCS conferences.