Year after year, certain conferences boast that they have the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country and lament that they should get a rematch in the BCS Championship game.
Two years ago, it was Ohio State and Michigan. This year, it is Oklahoma and Texas. However, as history shows, only the SEC has proof.
Over the past two years, SEC teams have gone 4-0 in BCS bowl games, winning two National Championships. Both times the SEC was the underdog yet won in convincing fashion.
Over the past seven years, SEC teams are 9-1. Nine and one against the elite teams in the country.
Since the inception of the BCS ten years ago, SEC teams are 11-4. In almost half of these games, the SEC team was the lower ranked team.
In contrast, the Big 12 is 6-8 in BCS bowl games. The Big 10 is 7-9. Not since 2000 has the SEC lost a BCS bowl game to either conference.
What this points to is an annual underestimation of the SEC. Sure the critics say, they have good defenses, but the SEC isn't that good because their offenses aren't great. Perhaps the worst underestimation was snubbing undefeated Auburn in 2004. In that year OU met USC for the championship and was embarrassed 55-19.
This year again there is controversy with the Big 12 boasting that they have the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country. Except their problem is that they don't know who is No. 1 or No. 2 in their own conference.
Is it the conference champion Oklahoma, who is No. 1 in the Big 12, or is it Texas who beat Oklahoma by 10 points on a neutral site?
Coincidentally, the defensive coordinator and head coach in waiting for Texas, Will Muschamp, hails from the SEC. Let's not even throw Texas Tech into the mix.
Just like the past two years, the national champion was effectively crowned last night in Atlanta. Soon, SEC Champion Florida and runner-up Alabama will run the SEC streak to three BCS Championships in a row and 13-4 all-time in BCS bowl games.
And next year, they will have to prove it all over again.