The 2011 BCS National Championship Game may not have lived up to expectations, but the Southeastern Conference did.
With Auburn’s 22-19 victory over Oregon, the Tigers won their first BCS championship and the fifth straight for the conference.
Since the BCS was introduced not so long ago, the SEC has been a dominant, almost unstoppable, force. With five championships in five years, the SEC can truly say that they are the best and most dominant conference in the NCAA.
The SEC has beat teams from the Big Ten, Pac-10 and Big 12. With the exception of last night’s game, every win has been by at least 10 points.
It is easy to see why SEC fans are so proud, and often arrogant and obnoxious, about how great their conference is. While it may be annoying and frustrating to everyone else, these fans deserve to be.
Although it pains me to say it, football in the south is just as good as advertised. Although the Ducks played very well last night and were in the game until the very end, it was very evident that Auburn was just as big, fast, physically imposing and dominant at the line of scrimmage as everyone said they would be.
Everyone always hears about how great the SEC is. How big the athletes are and how fast they are. The problem with this is that SEC fans are quick to talk about how great their conference is so much that people become numb to it and assume it is all an exaggeration.
Unfortunately for college football fans, it is not.
The SEC is a step ahead of everyone else and football truly is king in the south. Not only has this conference dominated college football over the past few years, but different teams have done it, showing that they are not only talented, but also very deep.
After losing to Auburn last night, the Oregon Ducks will open up the 2011 season by traveling to Texas, where they will take on the LSU Tigers. This will be another great test against the SEC for the Pac-10, and it will be interesting to see how Oregon handles another quality SEC team that will more than likely be bigger than them.
They may not be the most popular conference in the world, but often times the most hated team, player or conference is hated because they are the best, and that is exactly what the SEC is, the best.
While Oregon may be the fastest team in college football, speed is just one element of the game. To win games and championships, a team needs to play complete football in all phases, and when it comes to playing the best when it matters most, the SEC is a step above the rest of college football.
Like it or not, but this conference is just as good as advertised.