For years (7) the conference could beat on their chest, claiming supremacy with no need to stray away from its conference because it was part of the sec. “We can play pansies because our conference is so tough,” they would say nose up in the air. When they do play an automatic qualifying conference team it is the ACC. A conference saved from the bottom only by the Big East. They are both bad and if any of them are rated, they are overrated.
This leads the sec right in to the trouble they find themselves in today. Forget UL Monroe, top 10 teams lose to those kind of schools all the time, see Michigan or Va Tech, and then it is natural to ask to be part of the national title conversation.
Georgia and LSU won in high caliber matches. Props. Alabama did not run up the score, gentlemanly.
South Carolina only up 21 at halftime should leave people scratching their heads. Why only 21 against a team you pay to come play you. Yes Eastern Carolina is a reasonable team, the same way you better not mess around with the likes of Teledo, Miami of Ohio, or Notre Dame. But a good team should run away and never look back when playing these kind of teams.
The sec finds themselves very spastic entering the third week of the season. There are three teams who people should pay attention to at this point Georgia, LSU, and Alabama. The rest are not do not belong in any conversation.
In the east a team which cannot snap the ball to their quarterback (Florida), barely beat a team that was replacing their first round quarterback (Texas A&M). The same quarterback that could only lead the team to solid thumpings by their new conference members. The east has had and is having a contest for who wants to get beat up, while the west waltzes to the championship game. The conference championship is such a joke, one side out weights the other by two classes in the past and this year no difference. It is a question of who gets run over by the west, Georgia or South Carolina.
This is not to say that the west is free from insult. However the “everyone beats everyone up” mantra is the excuse. “We are all in the top ten” so winning is more difficult in our division. However, now you have been exposed. There is no reason for the South Carolina Vanderbilt score. Unless Northwestern is for real, which maybe so.
Not only losing to UL monroe but poor performances by your best defenders of conference pride against throw away non conference teams. Sure, the season is just beginning, but in a sport where every game counts, do these games not count? The sec is not a great conference top to bottom, but the sec prides itself on depth. Depth which is created solely by human perception and polls. Maybe just a chink in the armor but all castles are built on a foundation.
The real secret to being number one in the country is not who you beat, because you have to beat everyone. It is rather of all the teams you beat, who did they beat. The sec had enjoyed a position of beating overrated teams for many years, simply because they were in there conference. Now when they look at who they beat the list will be empty... except for the huskies