The SEC recruiting, coaching and track record all combine to show that 2012 and 2013 are likely to go to the SEC, but what about after that? Well, to put it bluntly, the playoffs are coming.
Beginning in 2014, there will be a system that pits the top four teams in college football against each other in order to determine the national champion. How those four teams are determined has yet to be ironed out, but it's safe to say that a conference champion that finishes in the top four will not be left out.
As we have discussed earlier, if the SEC gets into the game, the conference representative walks away with the crystal football. Even when Alabama lost to Texas A&M this season, the Tide only dropped to BCS No. 4. Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame were ahead of the Tide, but there was an important lineup behind them.
Here is the BCS Top 10 the week after Alabama lost:
1. Kansas State
3. Notre Dame
8. Texas A&M
9. South Carolina
10. Florida State
This means that, basically no matter what happened from Week 12 on, an SEC team was guaranteed to finish in the BCS Top Four. This means that there will likely be an SEC team in at least the first two playoffs.
2012 will see the SEC's seventh straight BCS championship, and 2013 will yield the conference's eighth BCS title. The playoff will increase the SEC's chances of getting in, so the years 2014 and 2015 will extend the streak to 10.
The question the other conferences need to ask themselves is, "Did we really want a playoff?" Be careful what you wish for, folks, because you might just get it.