SEC DOMINANCE IN BCS TITLE GAME
Posted on: January 11, 2011 9:19 am
With the win by the Auburn Tigers over the Oregon Ducks 22-19, the SEC has hauled in its 7th BCS Title in 13 years and 5th in a row. The BCS started its Title game in 1998 and in the inagural year the Tennessee Volunteers beat the Florida State Seminoles 23-16 in the Fiesta Bowl. In 2003 the LSU Tigers won the SEC's second BCS game by beating the Oklahoma Sooners 21-14 in the Sugar Bowl. In 2006 it was the Florida Gators beating the Ohio State Buckeyes 41-14, in 2007 it was the LSU Tigers beating the Ohio State Buckeyes 38-24, in 2008 the Florida Gators beat the Oklahoma Sooners 24-14, and in 2009 the Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Texas Longhorns 37-21. Since 1998 the SEC is 7-0 in championship games. It seems that in recent years the SEC is the top conference when it comes to BCS Titles. I know one reason is that the SEC is deemed a tougher conference and that helps in the polls when you talk about conference strength and strength of schedule. It helps to be ranked higher than teams with equal records. One reason that most don't talk too much about, I think, is that the bowl games are played in the winter months. While alot of the countries other top college football conferences are blanketed by snow, the SEC is able to practice outside and its business as usual. The BIG 10 for example, has to practice indoors in preparation for the Bowl season, this is out of the ordinary for them and they sometimes lack focus when the games begin. Secondly, the rosters of most SEC teams is loaded with players from their home state. These young men are growing up rooting for and dreaming for playing for the teams in their state. The south seems to be producing these young talented players at a great rate and they are staying locally. Another reason is that the SEC congerence has alot of their games televised nationally on Peachtree and on CBS (the official home of the SEC), and these players go to a SEC school to play on tv. Its a huge drawing card to be in the national spotlight. I for one am a huge fan of the SEC, although I grew up and live in Canada, there is something about watching a Florida, Alabama, or Georgia game in late November and seeing the crowd in t-shirts and shorts while I am buried in 4-6 feet of snow. GO SEC SO!!! Like the slogan on the shirt says "GREAT TEAMS ARE MADE IN THE SOUTH"