College football fans have witnessed a totally unprecedented era in college football over the last decade. There has never been a time when a single region dominated football like has happened recently.
No conference has ever won so many championships with so many different teams.
A small southern state has dominated college football for three consecutive years with two different teams. This is truly a time when the unprecedented has become commonplace. So complete has the domination been that the very structure of college football is moving toward change.
Regional powers in college athletics are resorting to political solutions to attempt to end the unprecedented command of the sport by the Southeastern Conference. These efforts have moved toward a change that may well enhance the domination that has occurred during the BCS era.
The SEC has earned eight BCS championships out of the total of 14 awarded. Only four teams from outside the southern region have ever won a BCS championship.
In recent years, the domination by the SEC has grown more pronounced, culminating in two conference teams competing for the BCS championship in 2011. The gap between the SEC and the rest of college football appears to be even more pronounced for the coming 2012 season.
This leads up to some not-so-bold prognostications for the 2012 college football season:
- The best three teams in college football will come from the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference in 2012.
- Those three best teams will all have won a BCS championship within the last six years.
- The SEC will field eight teams worthy of Top 25 rankings during the 2012 season.
- There is a good chance that two SEC teams will again face off for the BCS championship in a rematch game.
- No other major conference will field an undefeated conference champion in 2012.
- There is a good chance that every other major conference champion will have two losses in the regular season.
- If the SEC champion should face any team from outside the conference in the BCS championship, the results will be more one-sided than the last six championship games.
- The SEC will eliminate two Top 25 teams from serious contention in the first week of the season.
- Some of the biggest and most important games of the 2012 season will be played in September this season.
- The new college football playoff system will feature four of the best teams in college football, and conference affiliation will not be a major factor in their selection.
The news is not all bad for fans outside the SEC. It does appear that other regional powers are attempting to close the competition gap.
Within the next decade, fans should see other teams competing well with the SEC's elite.