If someone held a gun to my head and said choose the toughest conference in the nation this year, I would most likely choose the SEC. However, the SEC is nothing but an over hyped bunch of teams, that have created a fraud system in college football today. In my opinion, college football is the weakest it has been in a while, therefore even a weaker SEC conference looks "extremely tough."
But, look at it from a different angle other than the ESPN hype and east coast bias.
Alabama (3-0) - San Jose State, Penn State, Duke, Georgia State
Auburn (4-0) - Arkansas State, Clemson, Louisiana-Monroe, Chattanooga
LSU (4-0) - North Carolina, Mcneese State, Louisiana-Monroe, West Virginia
Arkansas (4-0) - Tennessee Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas A&M, UTEP
South Carolina (2-0) - Southern Miss, Furman, Troy, Clemson
Mississippi State (4-0) - Memphis, Alcorn State, UAB, Houston
Florida (2-0) - Miami Ohio, South Florida, Appalachian State, Florida State
Does any one see a trend?
Yes, I get that most teams schedule weak opponents in the preseason. Yes, I get that the SEC teams went undefeated through those games. Yes, I know how many SEC teams have won BCS bowls in the past.
But, my point is that this is a completely new year. New teams, new coaches, new players, new playbooks, and yet, somehow, the SEC is again, the almighty conference. To me, that is false, and I will tell you why.
Not one team stands out in my mind as the true number one in the nation. Not Oregon, not Auburn, not TCU, and not Boise State. If you look at each team individually in the current top 10, you will not be able to argue that one team will take the title over the other, and I know, that is the beauty of college football, but this year it is more severe than ever.
Which leads me to the fraud in the SEC.
At the start of the season, polls are released, and this year six different SEC teams were put in the top 25. Again, I know that there needs to be a ranking, and that preseason polls never mean much, but this year they do.
As I stated before, if you look at the non-conference games that the SEC teams play, its a cake walk with the exception of Florida State, and Texas A&M. Two games, out of the twenty-eight games that I displayed are non cake-walks, and to me, it's absurd that the SEC still gets the recognition it does.
No, the SEC is not "loaded" this year. They start high in the polls, they schedule cake games in the preseason so they do not lose their ranking, then they play each other throughout the year and flip flop through the polls! Since they play each other week in, and week out, and since they are all fairly even just like the rest of the country, they all beat each other once or twice, which makes the conference look even tougher when it is not!
Then, the ESPN analysts can run their mouths again, saying, "Look at how tough the SEC is. Mississippi State upsets Florida, just another great team out of the SEC." I call BS. Give me one good reason why Mississippi State is top 25 material?
I have stated my case, and I am merely persuading that the SEC is a fraud this year, and is no such powerhouse over all the other conferences.