What are the five key questions going into the season that need to be asked at SEC football media days?
SEC Team Previews, 5 Things To Know
East Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | Missouri
South Carolina | Tennessee | Vanderbilt
West Alabama | Arkansas | Auburn | LSU
Mississippi State | Ole Miss | Texas A&M
SEC Media Days
July 15-18. Hoover, AL
5. Q: Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s the best conference in college football. So what?
It’s surprising how many fans of other leagues like to fight this.
Alabama, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Auburn. Take those seven programs and match them up against any seven in any other league.
And then add in Missouri, and Kentucky, and South Carolina, and Tennessee, and Ole Miss, and yes, Vanderbilt – who did go bowling last year – and Arkansas, and forget about it. No other league comes close.
Beyond the endless message board/social media “my conference is better than your conference” banter and debate, though, this really should matter for the College Football Playoff chase.
For one, start with the street cred of simply winning the conference title. Had Auburn been able to pull it off two seasons ago, it would’ve been the first two-loss team to get into the CFP.
Forget about what happened in the Sugar Bowl against Texas – if Georgia was good enough to push what at the time was an all-time Alabama team to the brink in the SEC Championship, even with the loss at LSU, it should’ve still been given more love in the four-best-team argument for the CFP.
The College Football Playoff committee is still a group of judges. It might not be the best of systems to go off of opinion and eye-test, but if the SEC really is the best conference in college football, it’s way past time to grade teams on a curve.
Until the rules of the CFP selection process change, just going undefeated or winning your conference championship isn’t a must – even though a Power Five conference title should be prerequisite – and the idea of including two or even three worthy SEC teams can’t be blown off.