Six. Think about that number just a minute. Six national championship winning teams in a row. How did the Southeastern Conference get to the absolute top of the college football world?
The answer is pretty simple.
Thank the BCS and the SEC Championship Game.
The SEC Championship Game assures the best team in the SEC at the end of the season is who will represent the conference for possible selection to play in the title game...which meant no more teams who won earlier in the season but got too banged up to win late had a chance, once that started.
When the BCS system came into being, much of the subjective nature used in choosing the college football national champion was removed. Though far from a perfect format, it greatly improved the accuracy of choices to play for the title.
Simply by increasing the science in the choice—while minimizing the human element—the most worthy teams are regularly chosen to play in the Championship game. That wasn't always the case in the years past.
The new four team format will be even better. It will remove any doubt that the BCS has the correct teams in by allowing four, instead of two, to compete for the title. Even with the BCS, there was always the question of whether the correct undefeated or one loss team got in. This should end that question.
College football doesn't need a 32-team playoff. It likely doesn't need even eight. It did desperately need to get away from a group of sports writers or coaches—some with agendas—deciding who deserved to play.
No problem with having the human element be a part of the process, just not the whole process.
All that said, the following are the 12 teams who have the best chance of upsetting the SEC in its run for seven titles in a row.