The SEC has ruled the roost for quite some time now, and it seems like no matter who meets up with one of its representatives in the title game, they cannot get the job done of dethroning the SEC.
Going into the 2013 season, the talk will once again center around what team can take down the SEC champions.
Here is a look at five programs that continue to build and get better and will be best prepared to take down the SEC.
Even without Chip Kelly, the Oregon Ducks are a team that is built to take down the SEC. Oregon has found a way to blend speed and strength and has continued to push that strategy over the past couple of years.
When the Ducks first made an appearance in the national title game, they had the speed to win but lacked the strength up front. That has changed and could be the key to the Ducks dethroning the SEC.
With the sanctions in the rear-view mirror, USC certainly attracts enough talent to compete with the SEC on a consistent basis.
Most years, the Trojans tend to be their worst enemy. If they can finally put things together and stay focused, the talent in Southern California is high enough to take on the best of the SEC.
In his first season as head coach, Urban Meyer gave Ohio State fans plenty to be excited about this coming season.
With the combination of Meyer and a quarterback like Braxton Miller, the Buckeyes have an offense that can help them compete with anyone. If the Buckeyes were able to get back to the title game, the question will be if they have the speed to keep up.
Seems like the past couple of years, the Seminoles have been on the brink of taking the next step and becoming a national title contender. While Florida State has fallen short the past couple of years, the talent that is coming to Florida State should be enough.
Going into 2013, the Seminoles will once again be a team that people talk about, and if they can get consistent play throughout the year, they could give the SEC a run for its money.
While Bob Stoops has had an issue getting the Sooners back to the title game, the Big 12 is becoming more and more competitive and is competitive enough to prepare the Sooners for a game against the SEC.
Oklahoma is a program that attracts top talent, and if it can get through the Big 12 unscathed, the Sooners could be a handful for a SEC team to deal with.