Pac-16: Why SEC Teams Will Benefit from the Move

Brett Stephen@@brettstephenAnalyst IIJune 8, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Running back Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs with the ball against the Texas Longhorns during the Citi BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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All of the talk in recent days has been about conference realignment and how it will affect the Big 12, Pac-10, and Big Ten.

But what impact will the move have on the Southeastern Conference?

The first thought is typically that it will make the new Pac-16 a power conference that can rival the SEC and somehow hurt it, but in the words of Lee Corso, “Not so fast my friend.”

For years, SEC teams have been beating each other up during the conference schedule and knocking each other down in the BCS rankings, while Pac-10 and Big 12 teams have played very cushy schedules and skated right into championship games after one, or maybe two, significant wins.

If the speculation comes to fruition and the Pac-10 and Big 12 essentially merge, the competition that these teams will face in conference will increase significantly.

If this move happens, it will make the Pac-16 champion, like the SEC champion, a legitimate, and most of all, undisputed BCS Championship contender.

The increased competition will eliminate or at least reduce the number of undefeated and one-loss teams coming from this merged conference, and in turn help SEC teams retain higher rankings when they suffer the inevitable one or two losses in conference play.

Overall, this merger will be a great thing for the SEC and college football.

It will take some of the controversy out of the BCS, with fewer situations in which voters must decide whether a team is undefeated because they are dominant, or simply because of lack of competition.

SEC fans should be excited about the potential merger as it will force teams that have been getting free passes into BCS games to now prove themselves on the field of play, rather than just ride a biased preseason ranking into the postseason.

While it will take some of the mystique of the SEC away, it will even the playing field and force the rest of the “Power Teams” to experience the tough regular season that SEC schools have been dealing with for years.