SEC shows signs of weakness

Will Nick Saban, or another SEC coach, get to show off the crystal football this year? (AP photo)

Will Nick Saban, or another SEC coach, get to show off the crystal football this year? (AP photo)

There are signs that the SEC’s dominance is hitting the brakes.

Three SEC teams – Tennessee, Ole Miss and Kentucky — are underdogs heading into tomorrow’s games.

The SEC is 2-2 in four games against the ACC.

The SEC has already lost four non-conference games. It lost just eight last year, six in 2011, seven in 2010 and six in 2009.

Georgia, Florida and South Carolina – the East’s top programs – are all 1-1, with Georgia and Florida losing to ACC teams.

And Alabama looked far from invincible in its opening win over Virginia Tech.

Two questions:

  • Is the SEC losing ground, or has the rest of the country gained on the big bully down the block?
  • Is this the year that a team from another conference breaks the SEC’s national championship streak?

Look at tomorrow.

There’s a strong chance SEC teams will lose three of the conference’s five non-conference games (I’m fairly confident Arkansas will beat Southern Miss and LSU will handle Kent State.)

Kentucky (a two-TD underdog) is used to being in this spot and probably won’t offer much resistance to Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater.

Tennessee (a four-TD dog) will be blinded by Oregon’s psychedelic unis and speed.

And then there’s Ole Miss, which is getting little respect.

The Rebels are supposedly the better team. They’re ranked 25th and have looked strong offensively in their two wins, but haven’t beaten a top-notch team.

And Ole Miss is playing Texas, which just gave up about 6 million yards to BYU (550 yards rushing, actually). That led to the rare in-season farewell to defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.

The Longhorns are favored by up to three points, which has more to do with homefield advantage than anything else, but the Rebels should be able to showcase their offensive prowess.

The SEC remains dominant. Seven of its 14 teams are in the Top 25, including four in the top 10.

But will this be the year another team — perhaps Oregon or Ohio State or Stanford or even Louisville – breaks the SEC’s national championship stranglehold?

What do you think?

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89 comments Add your comment

Kennesaw Fan

September 24th, 2013
2:48 pm

Ohio State is a second tier team in the SEC. The “O” is for overrated. Ridiculous that they are ranked anywhere in the top 10 with the cupcake schedule they have. Why do you think Urban Cryer ran off to Overrated State? He could not handle the heat in the SEC. But he knew at Overrated, he would always be able to play cupcakes and do car commercials. Joke.

nike norge

September 24th, 2013
12:43 am

You write very well!

FootballTopFan(c)

September 17th, 2013
3:51 pm

FootballTopFan(c) believes that the the Southeastern Conference (SEC) is the strongest football conference in the United States of America !!!

Irate Puppy

September 16th, 2013
9:33 am

I’ll give the Gator fans this much: At least there are people under the age of forty who remember when Florida was relevant.

Tide Roll is a Moron

September 16th, 2013
9:30 am

Mashadoo may be a bigger moron than tide roll

Who is your team you stupid punk?

What’s wrong, couldn’t get into UGA?

You frigging retard. Why don’t you go back to your double wide and get off the library computer?

Irate Puppy

September 16th, 2013
7:19 am

Gator fans naturally believe that if Florida is not good, then the SEC is not good.

I can understand that attitude, because Florida USED to be relevant in the SEC — just like Tennessee.

Mashadoo Maleiyo

September 15th, 2013
9:41 pm

Good night to all. Sweet dreamzzz.

Mashadoo Maleiyo

September 15th, 2013
3:36 pm

Tampa Gator has it about right, but if it comes to head-to-head, Alabama wins it all.

As always, UGA is completely irrelevant.

Tampa Gator

September 15th, 2013
11:57 am

No one beats Oregon at this time…..no one. Not Stanford. Not Ohio State. Not Clemson. Not Bama. That team is very, very good on both sides of the ball. And the offense, well, is simply the best I have seen. Their QB may be the best player in the country…..including Mansiel or Boyd.

My top 5 based on performance to date:

1. Oregon
2. Clemson
3. FSU
4. Alabama
5. LSU