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Auburn Tigers Look to Become Fifth SEC Team With a BCS Championship

AUBURN - OCTOBER 16:  An Auburn cheerleader runs in the end zone with the Auburn flag after a touchdown during the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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Justin ThomasContributor IDecember 7, 2010

Here we go again.  The SEC is no longer becoming the most dominant league in college football today.  Rather, they are trying to continue dominance in a fifth straight national title appearance by the fourth team in the SEC in the past five years. 

Looking at the BCS era, half of the championships that have been played have been won by SEC teams.  Alabama and Tennessee have won one each while LSU and Florida have both raised the crystal ball twice this decade.  Auburn looks to bring the seventh BCS championship to the SEC by just the fifth team. 

The thing about the SEC is that they do not lose in big games.  Look at every team that has played for it all from this conference.  They do not let teams control them in big games.  The past four years, no team has been closer than 10 points to the champs. 

I argue that this has long past being a dominant conference.  This conference looks to control it all every year.  Had you asked 15 fans from the SEC who would play for the national championship this year, you would have been told either Alabama or possibly Florida.  This is the magic of the SEC.  The one year all hope for a championship seems destroyed another team steps up and answers the call.

The SEC brings it every week.  There are no warm up games aside from the one or two soft non-conference games.  There are no in-conference opponents that perpetually stay at the bottom like the Pac-10, Big-12, or Big 10.  It just does not happen. 

The SEC has a grip on college football.  Every fan you ask today, even those Alabama fans, are rooting for Auburn.  That is how great the SEC is today.  They want to beat each other up every week, but unlike other places, the fans are cheering for their most hated rivals just because of the pride the SEC brings to the south and college sports. 

For that I say, thank you SEC.  Dominance at it's best.

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