SEC Football Q&A: Are We Headed Back to Florida vs. Alabama SEC Domination?

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterDecember 13, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 02:  The offense of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the defense of the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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@barrettsallee with Florida trending up will we be going back to the Florida vs Alabama #SEC domination?

— KCD (@powerkcd) December 13, 2012

I don't think so. At least, not the way it was during the 1990s.

Florida is certainly trending in the right direction, but the Gators could be losing many key defensive pieces early to the draft, in addition to linebacker Jon Bostic, running back Mike Gillislee and the rest of the seniors on both sides of the ball who will exhaust their eligibility.

Alabama is a juggernaut, but LSU is still a championship caliber team; Texas A&M is on the rise, and the rest of the SEC West is certainly capable of putting together competitive teams on a semi-annual basis.

Those two teams will certainly be in the mix, but with six teams in the top 10 of the final BCS Standings, there's just too much at the top end of the conference right now to think that dueling dynasties will re-emerge.

Plus, with several contenders having down seasons, it may become harder to win in the SEC moving forward.

@barrettsallee if Gus accomplishes goal of coup of D. Craig and T. Rocker does he keep recruiting class together?

— Nick H (@cinco2seis) December 13, 2012 reported on Thursday that FSU assistant coach Dameyune Craig and Tennessee Titans assistant Tracy Rocker are on new head coach Gus Malzahn's coaching short list.

It's hard to say if they'll keep the class together. The Craig rumors are interesting because he's a fantastic recruiter and a big part of Florida State's success, and I'm sure that Auburn would love to have him as an assistant on Malzahn's staff.

Does that mean that Reuben Foster will re-commit and some of the other members of the Class of 2013 who are looking elsewhere will decide to stick around? That's hard to say at this point, but I doubt that it would hurt.

Tracy Rocker coming back from the Titans would be a big get for the Tigers.

Rocker was a big part of the success of the defensive line on the 2010 BCS National Championship Team, and that defensive line could certainly use a boost. He helped lure talent to the Plains during former head coach Gene Chizik's first few seasons at Auburn, and the fact that he's been in the NFL for the last few years also couldn't hurt.

@barrettsallee Should DJ Fluker have stayed for his senior year #SECQ&A

— unhedged (@Voltrade) December 13, 2012

It was reported on Wednesday that Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker will declare for the NFL Draft following the BCS National Championship Game.

It's hard to say what all goes into a player's decision-making process, but yeah, on the surface, Fluker should probably stay.

Alabama's offensive line has been a bright spot this season, but Fluker has struggled at times moving side-to-side against speed rushers.

Going into the NFL, which is becoming more and more of a pass-happy league, may not be the best idea in the world.

But there is something to be said for learning on the job on the NFL's dime. If Fluker does declare, there will be critics regardless. But deciding on the NFL now or the NFL later is a good problem to have.