The SEC's streak of consecutive BCS National Championships continued on Monday, when Alabama toppled Notre Dame 42-14 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., to make it seven in a row for the nation's top college football conference.
If you thought "SEC Fatigue" was prevalent in 2012, it will likely become an epidemic in 2013.
It's only going to get worse before it gets better once the four-team playoff system begins following the 2014 season.
Perception is reality in college football, and the perception that the SEC is the unquestioned top conference in the country has lasted for the better part of a decade thanks to the title streak. That perception will not only benefit the SEC champion in the new system, but it also could benefit other SEC juggernauts.
BCS executive director Bill Hancock told reporters in Miami that there will be no limit to the number of teams from a particular conference in the new four-team playoff format.
The college football world saw Notre Dame and Alabama meet on the field on Monday night, but the real national championship game was on Dec. 1 at the Georgia Dome, when then-No. 3 Georgia fell 32-28 to then-No. 2 Alabama in an SEC Championship Game for the ages.
Would Georgia have gotten in to a four-team playoff after losing the SEC Championship Game this season?
That's a hypothetical that simply can't be answered. However, between the Bulldogs, Florida and Texas A&M, you can bet your bottom, top and middle dollars that at least one of them would have.
Which means that the inundation of SEC power into the top of the college football food chain would only be more likely.
Some people outside of the SEC footprint—and perhaps even some within it—don't understand the reasons that the "SEC, SEC, SEC" chant makes an appearance in big out-of-conference football games. After all, do fans of NFC teams automatically root for another NFC team in the Super Bowl?
Will there be another SEC vs. SEC title game in the new format?
Of course not.
But the two sports are completely different.
The SEC has earned the benefit of the doubt due to its dominance in bowl games. Teams from the SEC have compiled a 17-8 record in BCS games, and are 41-21 in bowls over the last seven seasons.
If there's an SEC team "on the bubble" in the new playoff system, it's getting in. Which makes the prospect of another SEC vs. SEC title game more likely.
The rest of the country is going to LOVE that.