Before the shock of the Auburn victory even began to sink in, my first thought was about the next day's editorials and SEC trolling we were going to endure in the following weeks about Auburn deserving to play in the NC over another unbeaten BCS conference team. Sure enough...
In the 100-some year history of CFB, I don't think I've ever encountered a more overhyped conference than the SEC...a conference whose alleged prowess is based more on perception rather than fact.
Just the facts...
1. Two middle-of-the-pack (and often bottom-feeder) teams from the Big XII move the SEC. All of the sudden, one has become a legit national powerhouse, taking down the #1 team in the SEC in its first year there. The other, an even more dismal program in the Big XII, is now ranked #5 in the country, has one loss and is playing for the SEC Championship.
2. Yes, Alabama did destroy Oklahoma this year...but so did Texas.
3. Auburn is now lobbying to be placed ahead of an unbeaten Ohio State (a team with a 24-game winning streak), after losing to a 3-loss team, LSU.
4. In order to get to the NC, Ohio State will have to beat #11 Michigan State. Auburn will win the SEC if it beats #5 Missouri (a Big XII team from two years ago with no conference championships). I don't see that much of a disparity in the quality of those wins to allow Auburn to jump OSU.
Has the whole CFB world gone insane or am I missing something???
Pound-for-pound, I firmly believe that the Big XII is a superior conference to the SEC. If nothing else, Mizzou's and A&M's struggles and failure to gain traction in the Big XII (and their IMMEDIATE ascendance in the SEC) proves that point!
So let's stop all of the insanity and talk of Auburn jumping OSU, because, after all, SEC may get the ultimate reality check....MISSOURI...2013 SEC CHAMP!