LSU Football: Hate It or Not, the SEC Reigns Supreme
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I'm admittedly as diehard a Big Ten fan as you will find—no doubt about it.
But when it comes to the landscape of college football in today's world, the SEC wins national championships, and that's all that matters when it comes to the conference pecking order.
Les Miles' LSU Tigers have been right in the thick of the SEC's dominance over the past decade. The Tigers are an eye-popping 107-25 over the past 10 seasons and 90-20 in conference play. For all of you who struggle with math out there, that's an .810 winning percentage and good for an .818 in-conference clip.
To put that into perspective, Alabama, who is widely considered the most dominant team in college football today, is 94-37 over the past decade—a winning percentage of .717.
Certainly, the debate over which team is more dominant will continue to go on for years to come.
Is it Alabama, or is it LSU?
But remember, sports is a did-or-didn't business, and with the SEC winning the past seven college football national championships, that should draw one simple conclusion.
This conference is pretty darn good, regardless of who the best team is at this point in time.
Every conference receives its share of fan bashing, be it fair or not. The SEC has developed a rap over the past couple of seasons for having constant recruiting violations, amongst many other things.
But the bottom line is that this conference wins national championships, year in and year out, and we all know that, in sports, winning changes everything.
I don't think that this conference suddenly surpassed the Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten overnight as far as football dominance goes. It's not like college basketball where you can put five 18-year-old phenoms out on the court and go win a national championship before seeing them all depart for the NBA draft the following year.
Sure, recruiting elite-level talent is certainly an advantage, but it takes patience and good coaching to develop that talent in order to see direct results out on the field and in the win column.
I think SEC schools, including both LSU and Alabama, recruit well, coach well and play the game the way it is meant to be played.
And in the end, numbers don't lie.
It was 2005 when the last SEC team failed to win a national championship. Vince Young's Texas Longhorns defeated No. 1-ranked USC that year in the national title game.
In the 10 years prior to that, not one conference won more than three national championships.
The times have changed. The SEC is a dominant force in college football, and every other conference is looking up at them.
From the looks of it, don't expect that dominance to change anytime soon.
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