The answer may be no, but it sure does seem like it could be.
For the past three years the BCS Champion has been from the SEC with the Florida Gators grabbing two and the LSU Tigers claiming one. And while 3 titles in a row from the same conference is something that has been done a few times in the last half century, aren't we supposed to be seeing more parity now and not less?
Want to go back ten years? You will find 5 SEC teams with National Championships ( UT '98 and LSU again in '03 ).
Currently the SEC is, hands down, the strongest conference in all of college football and it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon.
Rivals.com has the SEC landing 6 out of the top 12 recruiting classes for next year. In 2008 it was 4 of the top 11. In 2007 it was 7 of the top 10. These are foundations for some already very talented teams to reload with.
Take the coaches into account. This has to be arguably the most dangerous collection of generals ever to convene in a conference. Nick Saban has a ring, as does Steve Spurrier. Urban Meyer has two, and even Les Miles claimed one. Houston Nutt, Bobby Petrino, and Mark Richt would be dominant coaches in a majority of the conferences. Heck, even a Bobby Johnson led Vanderbilt made it to a bowl game last year.
And this is after firing two coaches last year; one of which had a ring too, and the other an undefeated season, to his credit, in Phillip Fulmer and Tommy Tuberville respectively.
How about the stadiums? 4 of the top 8 largest college stadiums, by capacity, in the country belong to the SEC.
SEC football simply has the most dominant athletes, playing for the best coaches, on the biggest stages.
Not even the age old adage that”they will only beat up on themselves” seems to come into play here. They simply crush the non conference opponents, winning over 82% of those meetings last year and then go toe to toe with each other until the last one is standing.
Keep in mind, last year's SEC Championship pitted # 1 Alabama vs #2 Florida.
If you want exposure, then you will get it with the SEC in the form of a 15-year $2.25 billion contract courtesy of the mother ship ESPN that starts next year.
A note to the rest of the country:
It’s not the ‘BCS formula’ holding your school back from getting to the big game….it’s the SEC.
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