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American Southern culture is reputable on many levels. Famous for their cuisine, the South tends to deep-fry everything from chicken to Oreos to even a stick of butter. And when the South isn’t busy raising your blood pressure and tightening your arteries, they are greeting you with some good ol’ Southern hospitality. Nobody knows how to treat a guest better than Southern folk. But there is one thing that the South is particularly adept in doing: winning BCS National Championships.
The highly distinguished crystal ball has resided in the SEC for the past 7 years, making it easy for football analysts around the world to rank college football teams in the preseason. Consequently, SEC teams are clearly mentioned in national title talks every single year (almost by default).
The SEC is essentially creating a seemingly, unstoppable empire and unless an out-of-conference team beats them in the near future—in hopes of halting their rhythm and confidence—I see no end to their complete and utter dominance of the game.
Under Nick Saban, Alabama excels offensively with their “Pro” style of play as well as defensively with their elite front 7 (leading the nation in defensive scoring along with rushing yards allowed at the end of the season), combined to create the epitome of SEC football.
Let’s not forget the rest of the SEC with Georgia and Texas A&M tied for No. 5 (AP Top 25), No. 8 South Carolina, No. 9 Florida, No. 14 LSU, and No. 23 Vanderbilt. Half of the entire SEC is ranked in the Top 25 and five of those seven are ranked in the Top 10. The SEC is just riddled from top to bottom with talent.
The problem is that due to the continuous success of the SEC, all of the top high school football recruits are going to SEC schools. So, not only is the SEC dominating on the field, but off the field as well.
There are 5 SEC teams in the Top 10 for Recruiting Class Ranks: Florida (No. 1), Alabama (No. 2), Texas A&M (No. 5), LSU (No. 8) and Georgia (No. 9). And not too far behind at No. 12 is Auburn. The SEC is blowing all competition out of the water, receiving what seems to be an unfair share of the Class of 2013’s cream of the crop.
Watching the SEC take over all aspects of college football reminds me of Andrew Carnegie and his strategic use of vertical integration. Ultimately, all the SEC is doing is manufacturing a football monopoly.
Frankly, I would not have a problem with this, but the SEC is currently in the process of creating a chain of dull and tedious national title games, starting with 2011’s blowout of LSU by Alabama.
Arizona and Nevada kicked off the bowl season with a heart-dropping comeback win 49-48 by Arizona, being followed by a multitude of close and thrilling bowl games (with several exclusions of course). Then to finish the bowl season, Notre Dame gets absolutely demolished by Alabama in an unexciting BCS title game.
The only hope for an end to the reign of the SEC is for them to miraculously fall into a slump in the upcoming seasons or for their throne to be uplifted by teams such as Oregon or Ohio State. Until either of those teams get their chance to prove themselves against the SEC, the Southeastern Conference will continue to monopolize college football and even change the game for the worse.