Originally Posted by mdosu
6-3 is nothing to laugh at, but the national championship is where to hang your hat for an SEC fan. Overall the rest of the SEC outside of the top 2 teams are about on par with the top of the other conferences. I wouldn't say Georgia was that much better than Nebraska, or S. Carolina was that much stronger than Michigan. SEC certainly did not dominate these games, they were all 4th quarter games, and you'll be lying to yourself if you thought those games were easy games to put your money on. UF losing to Louisville and LSU losing to Clemson shows that SEC is not top heavy at all. Overall a 5-3 in bowl games with teams with winning records...2 of them blow outs doesn't show me dominance.
Georgia was some decent clock management away from beating Bama. Florida was just as close to beating Georgia and being undefeated, but gets worked by a Louisville team that was part of a 4 way tie for the Big East title. The same LSU team that beat South Carolina, and also nearly knocked off Bama, lost to a Clemson team that was solidly beat by the aforementioned Carolina. Hell, ND was a questionable goal line call away against Stanford from being 10-1 and out of the N.C. game. But the same Stanford team that lost to ND beat Oregon to keep them out of the championship game.
I think the parity is there, talent wise, it's just a matter of the SEC teams keep finding ways to win. One thing I have noticed is that no SEC team schedules a hard out of conference game in the middle of the season. They are either the first game of the season, the rivalry games the last game of the season after they play a cupcake the week before, or a bowl game. This gives them an advantage of having a couple of weeks preparation for the big out of conference games. Now with the exception of maybe the rivalry games, the opponents also have that same preparation, so maybe the SEC teams are just better coached and prepared. The SEC is also top heavy. Vandy, Kentucky, Tennessee, Auburn, Ole Miss, Missouri and even Miss State to an extent all were pretty bad this year. That leaves the teams at the top to duke it out with each other. The perception of the SECs dominance, earned or not, makes it so that when one of these top teams beats another they barely fall in the polls.
But plain and simple, ND didn't show up tonight.