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Conference allegiance is crap

Posted on: January 9, 2009 11:37 am

You don't play for a conference.  You play for a team. 
It kills me watching all the "SEC fans" rooting for UF.  You really think this helps your team somehow?  Yep, those 5 star recruits are really gonna start lining up for the chance to play against florida in jacksonville.  Give me a break. 

OK, that said, I do have to admit that I think the Bowl Season did give some insight into the conference dominance argument.

Let's look at the statistics:

Big 12 goes 4 and 3 in bowl games.  Only ONE of those wins came against a team who finished ranked.  The top big 12 offenses are held well under their season averages.  Texas has the only big12 win against a ranked team, but they have to come from behind to win and they have their lowest scoring game of the year.

Contrast that with the Pac 10.  Undefeated in the bowl season, including 3 wins against teams that finished ranked.

Contrast that with the SEC.  6 and 2 in the bowl season including FOUR wins against teams that finished ranked. (and 2 wins against Big12 powerhouses).

From where I'm sitting (and I'm pretty much an expert: I played 4 seasons of flag football in college and 4 more years of coed flag football in grad school) it appears that the bowl games proved that, while the Big 12 is certainly a strong conference - the critics were right in suggesting that the Big 12 offenses wouldn't look nearly as dominant when playing against big time defenses.

All of that is to say, Gators eat boogers.

Go Dawgs

Category: NCAAF

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2009 7:54 pm

Conference allegiance is crap

If conference allegiance is crap, why is it that, during every regular season football game and during all the bowl games, we see advertising essentially enticing and/or encouraging us to be fans of a conference? SEC, Big XII, Big Ten, PAC-10, etc., etc. They all do it. It happens during college basketball games, too, and during the tournament. The conferences apparently believe in selling themselves as a "package" to fans. Why would they do it if they didn't expect some fans to buy into it? A fairly good piece of coin must go into that advertising for the conferences to expect nothing in return.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2009 4:44 pm

Conference allegiance is crap

Yep, those 5 star recruits are really gonna start lining up for the chance to play against florida in Jacksonville.

The other way to look at it is that the NC will enable Florida to recruit more 5 stars nationally leaving more of the local 4 stars to the other SEC schools.

Take the Pac-10 for example: USC's continued dominance has improved the talent almost across the board in the Pac-10.  Their ability to take 4 and 5 star recruits from every corner of the country has opened up the California talent to the rest of the Pac-10.  A lot of the local players are going to the other 9 schools in the conference to get more recognition and playing time.  USC may be king, but the rest of the conference has considerably improved over the last 5 years as a result of their success.

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