Wonder why SEC on top? Look at other conference finals (with video)

SEC's Mike Slive: "Yes, I am king. Are there any questions?" (AP photo)

Can you hear SEC commissioner Mike Slive? "Yes, I am king. Are there any questions?" (AP photo)

While it’s easy to understand why any fan of a conference not named the SEC grows tired of hearing and reading about the SEC, the evolution of this year’s conference championship match-ups screams why the landscape is so lopsided.

This came home Monday when Miami announced that the football program was going to self-impose a bowl ban (hoping to beat the NCAA to the punch) and therefore would not accept a bid to the ACC championship game. This allowed Georgia Tech to back through the door as Coastal Division “champions.” The Jackets will face Florida State for the ACC title.

This isn’t meant to pick on Georgia Tech. It’s not the Jackets’ fault they have been given this opportunity, despite a relatively crummy season. But if you want to know why the SEC commands the attention it does, just look at how the ACC and other conference championship games compare.

Here are the conference title games, listed from worst to first:

• BIG EAST: There is no conference championship game because it doesn’t have enough teams (12 is the mandated minimum). Why the Big East is an automatic qualifier in the BCS order of things is beyond logic because it seems to exist only to have its remains picked over by the ACC and Big 12 for their own conference expansion. On a related note: Possible Big East champion Rutgers is considering joining the Big Ten.

• BIG 12: It was forced to cancel its conference championship game after 2010 because the defections of Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pacific 12) left the conference with only 10 teams. In other words, the name “Big 12” is a lie!  There’s also this: Kansas State, the conference’s best team and No. 1 in the BCS until Saturday, just got flattened by Baylor.

• ACC: The conference championship will match Georgia Tech against Florida State. If the Yellow Jackets lose to Georgia, they will be a 6-6 conference finalist. So much for marquee value. Coastal Division teams Miami and North Carolina are ineligible and usual power Virginia Tech has fallen apart. The Seminoles, winners of the Atlantic, have a nice record (10-1). But they get little love from computers (ranking 17th) and stand only 10th in the BCS. That’s what happens when you lose to North Carolina State and have one win over a ranked team (Clemson).

• BIG TEN: This is very ACC-like. Third-place Wisconsin (4-3, 7-4, with another possible loss this week at Penn State) will represent the “Leaders” Division in the conference championship game. Why? Because Ohio State (7-0, 11-0) and Penn State (5-2, 7-3) both are ineligible. The other finalist will be either Nebraska or Michigan, neither of whom rank among the top 13 schools in the BCS.

• PACIFIC 12: Oregon, the conference’s best team and until Saturday the No. 2 team in the BCS, may not even play for the Pac-12 title now. The Ducks lost to Stanford at home, and now need a win over Oregon State and a Stanford loss to UCLA to get into the game. The Bruins locked up the South Division with last week’s win over USC. But they’re far out of BCS title contention (17th).

• SEC: Conference teams have won six straight BCS championships and, as much as it pains the rest of the populace, there is a chance the SEC will make it seven. If Georgia beats Georgia Tech Saturday and Alabama beats Auburn, the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide will meet next week for not only the SEC championship but a pass into BCS game. Upsets by Tech and/or Auburn would change the scenario. But as of now, the SEC has by far the best conference title game and with the most on the line nationally.

So what else is new?

- By Jeff Schultz

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498 comments Add your comment

Resident Georgia Fan

November 19th, 2012
12:30 pm

First Go Dogs!

Resident Georgia Fan

November 19th, 2012
12:30 pm

Other conference are just weak.

Resident Georgia Fan

November 19th, 2012
12:31 pm

Enter your comments here

GTBob

November 19th, 2012
12:33 pm

Wow, Jeff is a lot more upset that GT is going to the ACC championship then I thought he would be.

Resident Georgia Fan

November 19th, 2012
12:33 pm

Wow, everyone must be at lunch. Kudos? Jeff?

The Angry Clemson Fan

November 19th, 2012
12:35 pm

And who exactly has UGA beaten to earn such a lofty right to play for the National Championship? A UF team that squeaked by La-La, Bowling Green, Mizzou and Vandy?

Reebok

November 19th, 2012
12:36 pm

Doesn’t Conference USA have a Championship game?

Boris

November 19th, 2012
12:37 pm

While your list of conference championship games is on point, the fact that the SEC’s game carries the most weight is not the reason it dominates college football. It’s just the by-product.

Buckeye

November 19th, 2012
12:37 pm

The SEC! SEC! gamed the system. Time will run out soon enough.

Buckeye

November 19th, 2012
12:38 pm

tom brown,

Where you at?

Innocent Bystander

November 19th, 2012
12:40 pm

A Miami loss this weekend would’ve given the division to GT anyway. Not to mention the worst GT could do is tie for the division. Hardly a “back door”.

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Buckeye

November 19th, 2012
12:40 pm

It feels like Tech’s year to me!

@CRuleSportsGuy

November 19th, 2012
12:42 pm

This just hasn’t been the year for any conference other than the SEC in terms of depth.

Alabama
Georgia
Florida
LSU
Texas A&M
South Carolina

Pit any top six from another conference, and it wouldn’t even be close.

Tommy

November 19th, 2012
12:42 pm

So the Big 10 has 12 teams and the Big 12 has 10 teams. . . and campus presidents wonder why people are starting to say a college education is overrated. . . .

Tommy

November 19th, 2012
12:44 pm

And that sound coming from northern Indiana is Notre Dame nation looking at #2 and #3 in the BCS standings and saying ‘hooray. we’re dead.’

LHarding Dawg

November 19th, 2012
12:45 pm

If you call winning “gaming the system” then we are guilty as charged.

John

November 19th, 2012
12:46 pm

Hmmm… You really slid past the Big Ten in a hurry. Seems there is really little doubt that Ohio State is the best team in the country this year by FARRRRR and the SEC is just lucky the Buckeyes are barred from being in the National Championship Game. Being the only top caliber team with a great defense and great offense, if they were to play an SEC team this year it would be an ugly outcome for the SEC

kingdaddy

November 19th, 2012
12:47 pm

Jeff
Way to put it in prespective. Nice read…

Bahwitdabah

November 19th, 2012
12:48 pm

Would FSU vs anyone in the Coastal be sexier? Doubt it

Buckeye

November 19th, 2012
12:49 pm

What I’m really tire of with the whole SEC! SEC! crap is that there have three teams, FL, Bama and LSU that have won NC’s of late – um, and Auburn lest we forget with the one semester “student athlete” term of the much maligned and some would argue paid for Cam Newton.

The rest of the SEC! SEC! (read the dogs) is just the snotty nosed kid brother of the Big Man On Campus (read Bama this year)..

The dogs have NOTHING to hang a hat on since 1980 but a bumbling (pun intended) record against top 25 competition which as not, by the way, included Bama or LSU lately, only the 0-8 in SEC! SEC! Auburn Tigres.

So dogs, have you days until game day then we’ll all know you were what we thought you were.

Delusional.

GTBob

November 19th, 2012
12:51 pm

A good read for everyone.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/stewart_mandel/11/18/alabama-georgia-florida-sec-bcs/index.html

It highlights the SEC strategy of playing no one, and watching their stock rise throughout the season.

Clay

November 19th, 2012
12:51 pm

Innocent Bystander- your right, you might not be backing in the championship game, but are you happy with your season if you lose to UGA just because your making a conference championship game.

kingdaddy

November 19th, 2012
12:52 pm

Well, at least Tech never backed into a Conference Championship, LMAOFF…

kingdaddy

November 19th, 2012
12:56 pm

Hey Bucky
know where I can get a free tattoo???

GTBob

November 19th, 2012
12:58 pm

Well, at least Tech never backed into a Conference Championship, LMAOFF…

I agree kingdaddy that this is borderline embarrassing but what should we do? Turn it down?

@CRuleSportsGuy

November 19th, 2012
12:58 pm

@Jeff…

I seriously hope that was sarcasm.

@CRuleSportsGuy

November 19th, 2012
12:58 pm

Sorry…I mean @John (total fail)

Brian

November 19th, 2012
12:59 pm

John,
Ohio state is 1 -9 against sec in bowl games. The one win was last year with ineligible players (reason they are not in a bowl this year). Don’t think Georgia or Alabama is scarred of a team that beats up on a week conferce to earn their yearly beating in the bowl game

ScoutDawg

November 19th, 2012
1:00 pm

Suckeyes talking trash about the SEC…, because their record against the SEC is so good. Now that is funny.

kingdaddy

November 19th, 2012
1:00 pm

Bob
no way. Kick their a$$. Make the best of it, bro…

Buckeye

November 19th, 2012
1:01 pm

king,

Your intellect equals the number of our losses this year:

Zero

Buckeye

November 19th, 2012
1:02 pm

John,

Check you facts. You’re off by a year.

Jeremy Wallace

November 19th, 2012
1:02 pm

@Suckeye…So what your saying is that the SEC rigs the system so that undefeated suckeye teams can go to the NCG to get their behinds handed to them by(insert any SEC team). You hairless nuts are a laugh riot with your bogus arguments.Get back to us when you have better record than 0-10 vs. “THE” SEC!

ylojkt

November 19th, 2012
1:04 pm

Go Jackets! Beat the chihuahuas on Saturday!

Buckeye

November 19th, 2012
1:04 pm

dawg,

You prove my point. Can’t stand on you own without climbing on your big brothers shoulders.
Can you tell me a few things where someone from Bama or LSU would yell SEC! SEC! in reference to a dog accomplishment?

Think not.

Jeff Schultz

November 19th, 2012
1:05 pm

GTBob — Wow, you think I’m “upset” that Tech is going to ACC title game? That’s really what you took from this blog? Silly.

Buckeye

November 19th, 2012
1:06 pm

jeremy,

Perhaps you can answer the question posed to dawg.

ScoutDawg

November 19th, 2012
1:06 pm

Sorely mistaken there Suckeye. We all hate each other, but WE hate you more.

TheBabe

November 19th, 2012
1:07 pm

The way things have turned out makes this week’s matchup unusually interesting. Both GT and GA can’t help looking ahead to their conference championship games, so is the winner the one that does the least looking ahead? Maybe, but I’d pick GA regardless; just too much difference in the quality and number of athletes. A final score of 41-24?

kingdaddy

November 19th, 2012
1:07 pm

Bucky
that really hurt me. I’m on the way to the hospital as I post, lol. Go look in your mirror Bucky and wave at the idiot that’s grinning back at you, lol…

Joey

November 19th, 2012
1:08 pm

“What I’m really tire of with the whole SEC! SEC! crap is…”
****************************************
Am I the only one who doesn’t give a happy damn what Buckeye is tire of regarding the SEC?

Buckeye

November 19th, 2012
1:08 pm

To all dogs:

Name ONE dog accomplishment where your SEC! SEC! brethren would yell SEC! SEC! in reference to the dogs other than a) lady gym dogs or b) a baseball NC a few years back and 19 frickin’ 80?

Buckeye

November 19th, 2012
1:10 pm

tom brown,

I have faith you will share a 5 pager based on your research,

ScoutDawg

November 19th, 2012
1:10 pm

Well whipping you and your sorry a$$ coach for one comes to mind…

GA Sandlapper

November 19th, 2012
1:11 pm

So what happens if Florida and USC(west) win this weekend? Could we have another all SEC title game…UGA/ALA vs UF

Buckeye

November 19th, 2012
1:11 pm

kingdaddy,

Go grab another 40 and wait for the next reload of your EBT card.

Basspro2150

November 19th, 2012
1:12 pm

Don’t be a hater. UGA and the SEC can beat any other conference. Its is just a proven fact. We are bigger, faster and better. Enough said.

ARdawg

November 19th, 2012
1:12 pm

GTBob

Oh the jealousy of all things SEC. You should see someone about that. Hate the SEC all you want, challenge the ratings all you want but, until you loud mouths complainers beat the SEC, just STFU. In the SEC at least we settle things on the field. Shalala’s pen won’t give your nerds a win this week.

Dawgdad (The Original)

November 19th, 2012
1:12 pm

As a life long Dawg, I usually rejoice when the Techsters take on in the shorts, but for once, I will be pulling for them against FSU. It will do my heart good to see Tech at 6-6 crowned All Crappy Conference champs. They should get a bronzed roll of toilet paper engraved with ACC Champs.