Jealousy can be a very sad thing. When you want something that somebody else has it just makes you go nuts. Jealousy will make you delusional; make you think things that just aren’t true. That’s why I have to forgive people that for some reason still think the SEC is overrated.
I guess it wasn’t proof enough that Florida went into the National Championship game and completely destroyed the team that everyone had pegged as the National Championship from day one. I guess it wasn’t enough that the National Championship Florida Gators’ only loss was to Auburn, an SEC team. I guess it wasn’t enough that the LSU Tigers trampled all over the golden boy of college football, Brady Quinn. I guess it wasn’t enough that six SEC teams finished in the top 25 in one of the two polls. I guess it’s not enough that that nine SEC teams have a strength of schedule in the top 26. Some people still think the SEC is overrated. It’s time to face the facts. Either you just don’t know anything about football or you’re jealous. I’m going to assume it is the latter because the former just wouldn’t be very nice.
The most recent delusional person wrote in an article here on Associated Content that the SEC has to schedule tougher non-conference games. *sigh* This lame argument again? What’s even worse is this person goes on to use Fresno State as an example… Fresno State? Seriously? Fresno State? Fresno State has scheduled for next year Texas A&M and Oregon. I admit, those are some tough teams for Fresno State, but compared to the SEC’s schedule? Not good. Along with that non-conference schedule Fresno State will play its conference games, which feature only one really good team, Boise State. So Fresno State will play a very good Boise State team a Texas A&M team that was ranked at the bottom of one Top 25 poll and an Oregon team that finished unranked because they fold about as easily as a chair in a WWE match. This is supposed to be a tough schedule? Florida for example, beats that just with LSU and Tennessee, then on top of that they play Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida State, Arkansas, heck, Vanderbilt is better than most of the WAC teams.
Why is everyone so infatuated with the SEC and its non-conference games? When did it become more important to schedule three good non-conference games than to play eight good conference games? I know the strength of scheduling system is not perfect but it’s a pretty good estimation of the area a teams schedule is in. Here are the SEC’s strength of schedules:
Florida #1, Kentucky #4, South Carolina #5, Arkansas #9, Tennessee #10, LSU #11, Mississippi State #20, Auburn #23, Georgia #26, Mississippi #35, Vanderbilt #37, Alabama #57
Are you freakin kidding me? These schedules aren’t tough enough? The SEC had six of the top eleven toughest schedules last year; they have seven teams in the top twenty, nine in the top twenty-six. No conference comes anywhere close to a group of schedules that hard. I don’t care if Florida plays a non-conference game against Northern Chippewa State Technical School, they follow that game up with Tennessee, LSU, Auburn, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida State, who else does that? I don’t see that list on Fresno State’s schedule.
It’s great that teams like Miami, Ohio State, and Oklahoma will schedule tough non-conference, good for them. But their conferences aren’t as good as the SEC. Their non-conference games are in order to try and catch up with the strength of the SEC’s schedules not put them ahead of them.
Also I’m tired of certain schools getting credit for playing tough non-conference games and the SEC not. Sure Ohio State played Texas the past two years but they didn’t play anybody worth mentioning the few years before that. That’s how most college football teams are they play a tough non-conference team for a few years and then don’t for a few years. That’s the same way the SEC is. Arkansas played USC, Tennessee played Notre Dame and Miami, Florida played Miami too and has them coming up again on the schedule. Auburn played USC. I don’t see how this is any different from anybody else with the exception of maybe USC and a handful of other teams. So what if Auburn plays North Texas and Ohio State plays Texas Tech, Auburn also plays Georgia, LSU, Alabama, Florida while Ohio State plays Michigan.
I’m also tired of fans of other conferences, especially the Pac 10, running their mouths about how the SEC is scared to play them. Excuse me? Do you work for a Pac-10 team or a SEC team? Because the only way you would know that a SEC team won’t play a Pac-10 team is if you were actually in their meetings. How do you know it wasn’t a SEC team that wanted to play the Pac-10 team and the Pac-10 team was the team that chickened out? You weren’t there. SEC teams the past couple of years have played USC, Notre Dame, Miami, Louisville and Florida State. Why would they be scared of anybody else in the Pac 10 or any other school. I highly doubt the SEC is avoiding anybody.
Just face the facts already. I’ve even laid them all out for you. There were nine teams in the SEC with schedules ranked 26th hardest or better and six SEC teams were still ranked at the end of the season. They played the toughest schedules and were still the best teams. What else is there to prove? There is no argument whatsoever against the SEC being the best conference in college football last season. If you think otherwise, you either aren’t very smart or are just jealous at how good they are.