Once they refuse to bow to the media, I’ve bragged on faculty gridiron coaches. For example, I didn’t mind former Georgia Tech skipper Paul Johnson’s devilish sideline opinions after assisting his Yellow Jackets whip Mississippi State at the Orange Bowl a few years back. “For once,” he chuckled,”we do not have to hear about the SEC.”
But take the attitude, and that quote isn’t among ol’ CPJ’s words.
National pundits will speak SEC football. As we ought to. The conference boasts 1 from two of the foremost annual College Football Playoff contenders, and the SEC’s University of Georgia is arguably as difficult to defeat at a CFP game as Alabama as the decade winds to a close.
What’s more, the SEC is simply a small number of years’ eliminated from dominance of the FBS. Southeastern Conference schools won 7 straight titles.
One could argue that since that time, the ACC and Big Ten have simply grown stronger, compared to SEC football becoming poorer. In reality it is not really a grand idea to think of elite FBS apps (or FCS programs for that matter) as”representing” a seminar. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and a couple of select other groups may as well belong in a separate branch. They each need to play in a seminar — but they’d all look like a million dollars against just about any P5 schedule.
Alabama has won two titles in the CFP age, same as the Clemson Tigers have.
The one problem is that the SEC isn’t sending as many groups into that upper stratosphere nowadays. UGA is clearly a powerhouse, but short lived runs in the grail from other Southeastern schools have appeared to be built on quicksand.
Nick Fitzgerald won games with his thighs at Mississippi State, but he could not win them all that way. Drew Lock could zing an NFL chunk at Missouri, but he has moved on since last year. LSU knows how to let a fan base, and Texas A&M knows the way to come close-but-no-cigar versus the aristocrats of the sport.
Will the duopoly ever be challenged? Could a sleeper surprise Kirby Smart or Nick Saban at 2019 in division of the SEC?