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SEC Football: The Conference's Dominance Is a Blessing, Not a Curse

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 10:   The Coaches' Trophy, awarded to head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game during a press conference on January 10, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Jim SullivanFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2012

As almost every college football fan understands, the BCS is one of the most flawed systems to every control the sport's postseason exploits. With the backing of the NCAA, the Bowl Championship Series has warped college football into a disgusting points based complex, forcing the top bowl matchups to be decided partially by a bunch of machines instead of the teams themselves.

The SEC is the obvious power in the sport. They've placed a program in the past six national championships, winning each time with no intent on slowing in the near future. Their dominance has begun to create an uproar for a change, particularly after the all-SEC title game last season featuring a rematch of Alabama and LSU. 

Many outside the southeastern part of the United States view this period of the sport as a plight or a curse. The SEC is, to multiple fan bases, a plague that must be cured. The BCS system was the medium in which they thought this to be possible, yet now after six seasons of failure many realize something must be refined.    

The other top conferences, ranging from the Big 10 to the Pac-12 and the ACC to the Big 12, are desperate to find a way out of the woods. A playoff system, one that the SEC has been pushing for since 2008, is now the top option for the college football postseason set-up. 

Ironically, the other leagues, less the ACC, all adamantly opposed the formation of a plus-one type of playoff back when the SEC first introduced it—refusing to even hear the details of the plan.

Now, however, each of the conferences are almost begging for a change from the BCS bowl system, hoping that it will give their top competitors some kind of advantage come the postseason.

Throughout all this, the SEC has remained true to their original plan to create a working playoff system for the sport we all know and love. Its dominance of the college football world has turned out to be the best thing that has ever happened to the sport, cracking open the door to a better postseason layout.

While the "curse" that is the Southeastern Conference's power may not be over just yet, understanding that it has been an integral piece in the formation of a plus-one playoff system may just be a reason to be thankful for their continued dominance over the past few postseasons.   

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