4 Reasons Why the SEC Will Continue To Dominate College Football
Over the past few years, the Southeastern Conference has established an unprecedented level of dominance over the college football landscape. By winning 6 consecutive national titles, this success has evoked speculation on where these teams rank in the pantheon of all-time greats as well as the enduring nature of their achievement.
Few topics fuel such heated debate among fans and experts as the SEC’s perennial stranglehold on the premier college sport. Certain fan factions believe that this dominance will continue, while others believe it is a passing fad in a sport where the winds change as swiftly as its collective cast of starting quarterbacks.
Love it or hate it, there are several reasons to believe that the SEC will remain the preeminent conference for years to come:
It’s no mystery that the teams in the SEC have always stocked their cupboards with the nation's best homegrown high school athletes. While the conference comprises only 10% of the FBS universe, its teams have made up 40% of Top 10 recruiting classes over the past five years (Rivals.com).
While evaluating the potential of high school athletes is an inexact science, teams that have been in the Top 10 for recruiting since 2007 have included Florida, Alabama, Auburn, and LSU. During which time, all of these schools have won national championships.
2. Mega-Conference Expansion Will Help
Not surprisingly, more teams are considering a jump to the Southeastern conference. Its home to fertile recruiting grounds and it has a history of churning out NFL caliber players. Texas A&M’s recent defection from the Big 12 has indicated that the SEC is open to further expansion, and is attracting the interest of other national powerhouses such as Florida State and Oklahoma.
3. Disparity Enables Superiority
While the SEC is “top-to-bottom” the strongest conference in America, it is not without its weaker elements, as evidenced by the whipping Boise State recently gave Georgia in what constituted a glorified home game for the Bulldogs. However, given the “lose and your out” method of crowing national champions, this level of disparity will only help to further conference dominance.
By being able to win a bit more easily against the likes of Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, and Kentucky, the higher tier conference teams will be able to maintain the healthy win-loss records that are required to play in the big bowls.
4. SEC Teams Will Get the Benefit of the Doubt
Every year a new Non-AQ team threatens to become a legitimate threat to crash the BCS party. Teams like Boise State, TCU, and Utah have proven that they can compete with the bigger schools. However, voters have yet to pull the trigger to put one of these teams into the big game. Rather, they have elected to send 1-loss (or in LSU’s case in 2007, 2-loss) SEC teams instead.
As long as the SEC continues to efficiently dispose of their opponents on the game’s biggest stage, don’t expect voters to have a change of heart any time soon.