Ok, Sport's Illustrated's piece on how Oregon is coming for the SEC has me chuckling this morning. I decided I'd write a quick piece on the why the rest of America cannot catch the SEC and why they hate them so. Here goes:
- The AAC- Really? Do I even need to write about this conference? I used to joke and call the Big East, the Big Least, EVEN when Miami was playing there. Louisville is your highest ranked team, and let's be honest, almost any of the top four teams in the SEC East or West would steamroll these guys. Florida's loss to these hacks in last year's bowl game, was a complete anomoly. This is isn't even a real conference and I'm 100 words over what really needs to be said about them...NEXT!
- The ACC- Ok, there's some merit here, but not much. Miami, FSU, and Clemson all have the speed to compete in the SEC, but not the depth nor the physicality it takes to match up with the elite of the SEC. FSU is on a collision course to face possibly two SEC teams at the end of it's schedule, with one being Florida and the other possibly Alabama or LSU. Florida is down this year, but don't look at records when it comes to rivalry games. I saw an awful, Ron Zook led team beat a Noles team that should have mopped the floor with Florida, but didn't only a few years ago. Alabama and LSU would have some problems with FSU, but in the end would wear them down due to the lack of physical play. Without a doubt, FSU, in my opinion is the ONLY team in the country with a legitimate shot at stopping the SEC's BCS National Championship run. That's also assuming they beat Miami this weekend, which they should.
- The Big Ten- Do they still play football there? Lol, well, Ohio State is the only team here that could match up with any SEC team, maybe Michigan State, but let's be honest. North of the Mason-Dixon things slow down, waaaaaayyyy down. The Big Ten teams do a pretty good job of matching the physical play of SEC teams, but have nowhere, and I mean NOWHERE near the team speed of an elite SEC team. This has been shown time and time again on the big national stage, do we really want to see Nicky Satan spank Urban Meyer's ass again? I would! But let's be honest, we all know how that horror movie ends...
- The Big 12- This conference as a whole, over the past few years has shown it can hang with the SEC. However, in all, the Big 12 falls short. In reality, all the Big 12 is, is a faster version of the Big Ten, but still not fast enough to hang with it's SEC counterparts. Now Oklahoma this season, could deal the SEC a crushing blow, but it's Bob Stoops for crying out loud, he always seems to choke on the big stage. Baylor would be interesting to see, but all they are is the second coming of Texas A&M and once the "real SEC" teams got through Kevin Sumlin's smoke and mirrors bullshit no-huddle up tempo, let my little 5'9" QB run around and make shit happen offense, they've been rather pedestrian to say the least. I think Baylor has some skill guys that would make life miserable for the upper teams in the SEC, but I don't think they could stand the pounding they would take from an elite SEC team. Nice try though.
- Conference USA- Eh...WTF are they doing here??? Go to the back of the line and get your participation trophies...
- MAC- Eh...See number five above. Yes even you Northern Illinois...even you.
- Mountain West- Fresno State, is probably the only team...ah, who am I kidding, back of the line boys!
- PAC 12- Ok, here's one worth talking about. The SI article claims Oregon is coming for the SEC...really? I mean, they are nowhere near physical enough to stand toe-to-toe with an SEC foe. What's really neat is, if you combined Stanford with Oregon, you'd have Alabama (only smarter). Oregon has the speed needed to compete in the SEC, however they are not on the level with the physical matchups needed to dominate an SEC team. This was even shown in last year's Stanford game. Oregon is soft...fast, yet soft. You take a healthy Georgia team or LSU, or Alabama, punch them in the mouth and it's over. I mean hell, when they lost to Auburn a few years back, Auburn was nowhere near one of the most physical teams in the SEC at that time, and they beat the tar out of the Ducks. Stanford has the physicality to hang with any SEC team, but it's the speed that gets them left behind, especially the speed in the trenches. USC, is not your granddaddy's USC anymore, but there was a time when they were as good as any SEC team. Nowadays, not so much. The rest of the gang "out West" is simply too soft. That laid back lifestyle kills your teams, too many mommas boys to hang with the elite in the SEC. Stick to building microchips and sipping lattes...it's what you're good at.
- The Sun Belt- See number five above...
The reality is this, and even I will admit it, folks are catching the SEC, but they are not there yet. Until a team can match the speed, and I mean TEAM SPEED of the SEC as well as the physical play, they simply will fall short. I think the two teams, not in the SEC right now that can compete are FSU and Oklahoma. Other than that, everybody else is on the bottom looking up.
This is what the SEC says to everyone else "Bow down!"
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