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SEC Cooler Talk

I took my wife to get a procedure done at a local hospital today, and while I was waiting, I heard a couple of “good ol’ boys” talking SEC Football. Of course they were talking about this past weekend’s SEC Championship Game, among other things:

Florida just didn’t come ready to play. They weren’t ready to play Alabama, that’s for sure.

If only Urban Meyer had talked to these two prior.

They went on and on talking about SEC football, and how superior the conference was to the others in the nation. One of the guys talked about how there were several teams that were still undefeated going into the bowl games. He listed the teams as:

  • Alabama
  • Texas
  • Florida
  • TCU
  • Boise State

Yes, they listed Florida as one of the “undefeated” teams in the same conversation where they both agreed that Florida wasn’t ready to play on Saturday. Of course, the team that they forgot to mention was Cincinnati, which happens to be the team that Florida will play in the Sugar Bowl. I wanted to turn around and correct them, but what does this Yankee know?

The conversation went on about how TCU and Boise State might be undefeated, but they don’t play in the SEC, so it’s just not the same thing. I will agree with this to a degree, but they took it a bit too far. They both agreed that even the worst team in the SEC could beat just about any of the other conferences’ best teams. (Never mind the fact that Vanderbilt lost to Army this year.)

Sure TCU is undefeated, but look who they play!

Again, I wanted to turn around and ask them if they knew that Utah was in the same conference as TCU…and ask them if they remember how Utah did in their bowl game last year. Does 31-17 ring a bell?

SEC Football is no doubt fun to watch, and I’d agree that they have the best conference in the nation. But I can’t buy into the fact that they are so far ahead of the rest of the nation. The gap isn’t that large really. If anything, the gap between some of the traditionally less  competitive schools and the powerhouses has gotten smaller.

One way to settle it. Let’s have a playoff!

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