Cirminiello: SEC Is The No Doubt Best League.

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Posted Nov 12, 2012


Cirminiello Thought: SEC Is The No Doubt Best League.


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By Richard Cirminiello  

Deep breaths, SEC haters. Yup, the league might be shut out of even appearing in the Jan. 7 BCS National Championship Game, but it remains the premier conference in college football. And it’s still not that close.

Top-ranked Alabama lost to Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon, creating a ripple effect like a boulder in a pond. No remaining unbeaten teams from the league means that Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame, none of whom calls the Southeastern Conference home, took giant steps closer to Miami in Week 11. However, the dominance of the SEC was never about a single program or even just those six straight national championships. No, the SEC is the SEC because of its depth of players, depth of coaches, depth of teams and depth of traditions.

Before spending the next couple of weeks trashing the SEC because the Crimson Tide fell on Nov. 10, ponder this conundrum, which is sure to vex bowl decision-makers: Which two teams from the SEC are going to earn BCS bowl bids when they’re handed out early next month? A real head-scratcher, right? The SEC doesn’t have two teams on the radar of marquee bowl committees. Nor does it have four. Can you say six teams still vying for a big payday as the regular season enters its final turn?

The ACC, Big Ten and Big 12 have no more than two members with a legitimate shot of getting an invite to the Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl or Fiesta Bowl. The Pac-12? Maybe three. Maybe. The SEC has a half-dozen. The East, which will be represented by Georgia, will remain attractive even if it loses the Dec. 1 league title game. How about Steve Spurrier-led South Carolina if it gets to 10-2 with a win over rival Clemson in two weeks? Or one-loss Florida if it survives the Seminoles in Tallahassee on the same day?

Over in the West Division, Alabama still has the inside track provided it doesn’t stub a toe in the Nov. 24 Iron Bowl. You’ve also got the Aggies, which beat the Tide and harbors one of the most attractive draws in the game in rookie QB Johnny Manziel. Then there’s LSU, a perennial fav of the Sugar Bowl, which looks destined to finish the year 10-2 and within striking distance of the top 5.

When it comes to the lone BCS at-large berth, the SEC has an embarrassment of riches, creating a six-team battle throughout the month of November that’ll rival the national title chase for intrigue, drama and backroom suspense. The SEC is still the king of college football, even if it must cede its crown to someone from the Pac-12, Big 12 or the Independents for a change. Just ask those BCS bowl officials, whose heads are going to be spinning as they contemplate which top 10 school to invite to their event in January.

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- Harrison: No Need For SEC In BCS Championship 
- Doan: The Crazy Problems With Wazzu