Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
After breaking down the teams and the formula to beat an SEC team, it is clear which team would have a shot if either were to square off against an SEC heavyweight this season. That team would certainly be the Florida State Seminoles.
Oregon is a fun team to watch, as the offense is fast, explosive, and makes for sexy television, but last season showed that these finesse teams won't last against this conference. When the Ducks and LSU met last season, Oregon averaged 3.4 yards on the ground, turned the ball over four times and only picked up 18 first downs.
The speed is great against slower Pac-12 teams, but when you have an SEC defense that is just as athletic, it doesn't really mean much. The defensive line of Oregon also lacks in size, which makes me wonder how they will be able to generate consistent pressure.
Can a defensive line that only has one player that is 300 pounds, be able to break through an Alabama offensive line that is much bigger, faster and stronger than the Ducks? In last year’s meeting against LSU, a Ducks defense that generated 45 sacks, only sacked the Tigers once in the entire meeting.
Just ask Michigan how well their offense was able to execute against a physical defense such as Alabama.
Florida State on the other hand, has a running game that is eighth in the country, and also plays terrific defense. We may have criticized the Seminoles in the past because of their lack of success, but the athleticism, physicality on both sides of the ball and experience is there to give the SEC a run for their money.
We saw this Ducks team struggle last year against an elite SEC team, Florida State would have the best shot to snap the national championship streak of the dominating conference in 2012.