Four Reasons The SEC Is The Best Football Conference in America
Over the past decade of college football, one fact continues to remain true year after year: there’s the Southeastern Conference, better know as the SEC, and then there’s everyone else.
Sure, college football fans all over the midwest rooting for their beloved Big 10 teams, would love to get into an argument and try to tell you otherwise. Fans in other parts of the midwest and spilling into Texas would love to tell you that they’ll take the Big 12 as it is a much more competitive and exciting conference. And fans up-and-down the west coast will all tell you that the Pac-12 doesn’t get the respect it truly deserves because of the (perceived) “east coast bias.”
But when you take a look at the facts, it becomes increasingly clear: the SEC reigns supreme over any other conference in the nation. Here are four major reasons why:
- Dominating the AP Top 25 — There are currently seven teams ranked in the AP Top 25: Alabama (#1), Texas A&M (#9), Tennessee (#11), Ole Miss (#16), Arkansas (#20), Florida (#23), and Georgia (#25). That’s easily the most ranked teams of any conference in America. Until their loss to Auburn last week, LSU was also ranked in the top 20; if interim head coach Ed Orgeron can right the ship there, LSU should be right back in the rankings as well, considering they’re one of the most talented teams in the nation. That would give the SEC a total of eight ranked schools, owning basically a one-third share of the AP Top 25.
- The Best Football Players — It’s only natural that the SEC is the best conference in the nation because it has the best players in the nation. Over the past eight years, the SEC has had more players taken in each and every NFL Draft than any other conference. Just look at the list of SEC alum’s playing in the NFL: quarterback Cam Newton, last year’s NFL MVP (played at Auburn); linebacker Von Miller, last year’s Super Bowl MVP (played at Texas A&M); running back Todd Gurley, last year’s offensive rookie of the year (played at Georgia); wide receiver Julio Jones, a Pro Bowl selection who led the NFL in receiving yards (played at Alabama). As of right now, things look to remain the same for the 2017 NFL draft, as 12 out of the top 25 players in NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s prospect rankings play in the SEC.
- The Alabama Dynasty — The University of Alabama Crimson Tide, by themselves, are enough of a reason to tout the SEC’s dominance. The #1 team in the nation right now is in the midst of a dynasty that will historically be remembered in the same breath as programs like Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Florida State, Miami, and USC. Head coach Nick Saban might be the best football coach of any coach, at any level of football, in the nation, this side of Bill Belichick (whom Saban learned under, as defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns in the mid-1990’s). He’s guided Alabama to four national championships in the past seven years; the last coach to do that was Frank Leahy of Notre Dame in the 1940’s.
- The Most Passionate Fans In The Country — Baseball might be America’s pastime and the NFL might be America’s most popular sports organization, but college football is a way of life for fans of SEC schools. Citizens in north Alabama don’t even need to exchange proper salutations with each other; simply stating “Roll Tide!” can replace the need for hello, goodbye, thank you, I love you, and many other things. There might not be a more fearsome venue for opposing teams to enter for a prime time football game than Tiger Stadium — better known as “Death Valley” — in Baton Rouge (where LSU is located). The Florida Gators are one of the most discussed football programs across all social media platforms. The University of Georgia is easily the most beloved football team in the Georgia; just shout “Go Dawgs!” anywhere you are, and you’ll instantly hear a chorus of people doing their best bulldog bark impersonation.