SEC dominance continues
Nat S., Staff Reporter
January 18, 2012
Filed under Sports
The dominance of the SEC over the past half decade of college football is apparent to all fans of the sport. Despite those in the West and North who would like to deny it, the trend can’t be overlooked. Never in the history of college football has a single conference been able to win six BCS National Titles consecutively. The SEC sent nine teams to bowls this year, and had a record of 6-3; though one of these losses shouldn’t really be counted, as at least one loss was guaranteed due to two SEC teams being in the BCS Championship. The reign of the Southeastern Conference is likely to continue into 2012. Both teams from this year’s national title game (Alabama and LSU) are likely to be ranked in the top five in 2012 preseason polls. Arkansas, who finished the year with a record of 11-2, is sure to be in the top ten as well.
It seems that the competitiveness of the SEC will remain a staple of college football into the foreseeable future, due to the sheer strength of the upcoming recruiting classes for 2012. Out of ESPN’s top fifteen recruiting classes for 2012, seven of them belong to SEC schools. With such strong talent coming in to the schools of the Southeastern Conference next year, these teams are sure to do well in the future. If SEC schools can gain some of the best young talent in the nation over the next few years (and they will); who, or what, will be able to wrest power from the current regime?
The answer may lie in the year 2014. The BCS will have to begin a new contract in that year, and as for the changes that will be present in that new contract, no one knows. Many fans are longing for a new system to determine the best team in the nation (Ahem… playoff… cough, cough), but whether or not any serious changes will be made to the current formula is uncertain. One thing is assured; however–the teams of the SEC will continue to compete and win in NCAA football into the foreseeable future.