Why does everyone outside of the SEC hate college football's most dominant conference? Is it because the SEC has boasted six straight national champions?
Is it because of the elitist attitude that SEC fans gladly throw into a conversation when speaking with the "merely mortal" fans of the ACC or Big East? And why is everyone always searching for a team that can dethrone the SEC?
I'll tell you why.
It's not just because the SEC has dominated college football in recent years or because SEC fans say they are the best.
It is because the SEC keeps proving them right and there is no end in sight.
Which school has the best chance to beat the SEC for a national championship this season?
As of Week Seven in college football, the SEC has seven teams ranked in the Top 25 of the AP Poll and three of those reside in the Top Five. No other conference has more than four schools ranked.
Not convincing enough?
Alabama has been the consensus No. 1 team in the nation for two straight weeks, missing out on another consensus ranking in Week Five to LSU by one vote.
The SEC East division is now considered the strongest to contend for a national championship with undefeated Florida and South Carolina both in the Top Five.
Yes, the SEC is hated because the Big Ten threw its supposed biggest hitter into the ring against the vaunted Alabama, a school that had lost irreplaceable talent to the NFL draft (eight picks, four first-rounders).
What was supposed to be a heavyweight bout drew smug grins from SEC fans and terrorized looks from fans of other conferences as 'Bama rolled 41-14.
Since then, Michigan has crawled to a 3-2 start and are currently hanging onto the rankings by a fingernail—or shoelace, if you will—at No. 25.
After Week One, the other schools puffed out their chests and shouted, "We'll take care of this!" and grabbed the torch, running forth at the head of the SEC monster.
And now here we sit on October 11.
Florida State, whom many thought had the ACC's supreme talent and could run the table, has tripped over an inferior opponent yet again, losing a crushing, final-seconds battle with N.C. State over the weekend.
More bad news for the 'Noles. No one-loss ACC team has played in the national championship game since 2000. Ironically, FSU was the last school to do so, going 11-1 en route to a 13-2 loss against undefeated Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. It was the last time an ACC team has been in the national championship game.
USC has the talent and the preseason-consensus top quarterback in Matt Barkley, but the Pac-12 has bitten the almighty Trojans once again as an Andrew Luck-less Stanford team has potentially derailed USC's return to glory. This is not to mention that USC is a pedestrian 48th in the nation in total offense and a mere +2 on the season in turnover margin.
Yes, there are others. Oregon has more speed than uniform combinations and are No. 4 in the nation in scoring offense with 52.33 points per game. But five of their six games have been at home. Their one road game? The Ducks led a mere 23-19 at halftime against Washington State (2-3, 0-2 Pac-12).
And West Virginia has Heisman Trophy leader Geno Smith, who has only 13 more incomplete passes than total touchdowns this season. But West Virginia has surrendered an astounding 23 offensive touchdowns to opponents in only five games and is giving up 460 yards of total offense per game. Geno Smith may be superman, but will his own defense be his Kryptonite?
Can any school stand up to the smothering defenses and incredible depth of the SEC? So far the answer is no.
And it does not look like anything is about to change soon.