Larry Burton (Syndicated Writer) There are some points that escape fans of other conferences outside the SEC.
As sportswriters and fans, the majority of which have been watching the college game for 30 to 40 years, we forget to step back and look at the world through the eyes and mindset of an 18-year-old.
No recruit that will sign with a major college in the next two years will have ever had a chance to see the SEC lose a BCS national championship game. This year's recruits were almost all born in 1993. They were five years old when the BCS was founded.
Not counting the one vacated BCS title, since the founding of the BCS in 1998, 14 seasons ago, the SEC will have won eight of the 14 titles, or almost 60 percent of the total championships.
And they have shared the wealth. There have been five different teams that have won a crystal ball from the SEC. No other conference has a team with more than one BCS crystal ball. The SEC has two and may soon have three teams with multiple crystal balls.
This year's game between Alabama and LSU is not a question of whether an SEC team will win yet another BCS game, but which SEC team will it. This upcoming BCS title game is an exclamation mark on just how far ahead the SEC is over the other conferences.
Clearly, the era of the BCS has been the SEC era.
The SEC not only wins BCS games, but it dominates other conference as well, some to the point of total embarrassment.
The Big Ten has become a laughingstock when going up against the SEC as a whole, and no conference has a winning record of the SEC.
The SEC has become the choice of the nation's top talent as well. Why the top talent wants to come to the SEC is simple.
No conference has more players in the NFL than the SEC. No conference in an 18-year-old's lifetime puts more players in the NFL year in and year out.
Secondly, the SEC produces champions, Heisman Trophy winners and other nationally recognized position award winners.
The fact that all these things occur and keep feeding the stream of the nation's best talent to come to this conference, is there a chance that this cycle will stop any time soon?
Not in all likelihood.
And that is the problem the other conferences are trying to solve. If they can is anyone's guess.