The SEC is rightfully considered the toughest conference in all of college football. It has produced the past seven national champions.
When the NCAA goes to a four-team playoff in 2014, how your conference is perceived will matter greatly. The SEC will likely be able to get two teams into the playoffs in most years.
The dominance of the conference will continue. The SEC had the most players selected in the 2013 NFL draft. Recruits see this, and they want to play against the top competition and where they will have the best shot of making the NFL.
This has resulted in the SEC dominating the recruiting rankings. Whether you trust in the rankings or not, the fact that so many SEC programs are getting their top choices at each position has to be a good sign.
With the advent of the SEC Network in 2014, the SEC program will receive even more television revenue. This will result in the SEC programs having more money to hire the top coaches and build the best facilities.
All this means that if you are a member of the SEC, you do not necessarily have to win the league to qualify for the NCAA's four-team playoff.
If you coach at A&M, you can have one loss on your record and still make the playoffs. That is not the case at USC.