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  • 01/01/2011, 07:21AM ET

SEC is overrated, yes, you saw that right, they are.

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You have been going on and on about how great the SEC is, how all football in college begins and ends with them.

You'll make rankings and always have the caveat of "Well, they'd lose to SEC teams", or "SEC is the best conference", or other such nonsense.

TD's about how great the teams are versus other teams in other conferences.

Now, it's, "well, the last few National Champions" are from the SEC. That's a pretty far drop. From, "we are the best" top to bottom to that.

Now, to how they are overrated.

Let's look at the bowls this year.

SC loses to FSU. Yeah, the same SC team that beat Alabama.
UNC beats Tenn. UNC is better, flat out.
UCF beats Georgia. What? UCF?

Money spent by schools:

Top 10:

1. Ohio State, $31,763,036
2. Alabama, $31,118,134
3. Notre Dame, $29,490,788
4. Auburn, $27,911,713
5. LSU, $25,566,520
6. Florida, $24,457,557
7. South Carolina, $22,794,211
8. Wisconsin, $22,041,491
9. Arkansas $22,005,014
10. TCU $20,609,361

#2,4,5,6,7,9 all SEC.

They spend the most, it isn't a level playing field and still, the SEC is losing. Usually, if you spend the most, you get the best players. They outspend everyone. 6 of top 9 spenders.


if i am wrong for being an SEC lover then you are equally wrong for being an SEC hater
if i exaggerate the power of the SEC you go the opposite direction and make ut sound like the WAC

so lets quit the bullcrap & just deal with FACTS

FACT: The SEC has won the last 4 championships
FACT: SEC teams have spent more time ranked #1 the last 5 years than ANY OTHER CONFERENCE
FACT: most weeks the last 4 years the SEC has had more teams in the top 25 than any other conference or been tied for first


FACT: jacksonville state beat ole miss
and appalachin state beat michigan
and james madison beat V-tech
(arent Mich & V-Tech more respected in their conf. than Ole Miss is to the SEC?)


FACT: you listed money spent by SEC football teams
so what? that has NOTHING to do with wins
the SEC is football country. boosters/alums donate money to these programs.
is Duke overrated bc their alumni donate more money to their basketball programs?


so here's the bottom line:
on any given Saturday, ANYONE can lose...but the SEC seems to find a LOT of teams in the top 25 EVERY YEAR

yes, this was a "down" year....but that doesnt prove YOUR view

you havent proven anything


Huh, you think I'm gonna let you out that easy and try and change the argument?

I guess you have officially backpedaled from all of your statements that the only reason other teams did well is because they don't play in the SEC, right?

You remember all of those, right?

So, exactly what does Jacksonville State have to do with this? You throw them out like it matters. Same with Appalachian State, what does a game a few years ago have to do with anything this year? That Michigan game was over 3 years ago. Proves nothing.

Fact. Auburn shouldn't even be playing in the National Championship game because of "Pimp Daddy" Newton.

Fact. The out of conference games the SEC teams play is pathetic. Did you see who Auburn played? Chattanooga state, Louisiana Monroe, and Arkansas State. Wow, some real toughies there.

Fact. The money listed does not take into account the obvious payouts the SEC teams make for players. See Newton, Cam. Plus, I don't care who gives the money, the fact is they spend more money than anyone else.

Fact. Boise State only spent 6.85 million. They are a bargain, but they haven't been busted for what Auburn was busted for.


funny i dont see your outrage re: OHIO STATE.
oh, i guess you only care if its an SEC team

and why would you punish the player for something done by someone else?
can i offer to pay some kid $100,000 if he goes to Michigan?
Yes i can.

Should you punish the TEAM because I made the offer? no

Cam didnt take money
Terell Pryor DID take money
(see the difference?)



Schedules
YOu mentioned Arizona in the comments.
THEY PLAY THE CITADEL
Oregon plays PORTLAND STATE and NEW MEXICO!

so yeah...every team plays cupcakes


you also IMPLY that programs that spend the money you listed (money that is ACCOUNTED FOR) must also be paying players
but wouldnt it make MORE sense that smaller programs have an EASIER way to pay players since they dont have as big a spotlight on them?

here is all the proof we need

you say the SEC is overrated....but you have mentioned nothing about what happens ON THE FIELD

which conf has had the most weeks with a team ranked #1 the last 4 years?

which conf had had the last 4 CHAMPIONSHIPS

which conf has had the most teams ranked top 25 last 4 years?


overrated conferences dont have so much success, IMHO


Oh please, this is just sad.

So, you are down with pimping out players to the highest bidder, nice.

I mentioned Arizona in the comments? Really? Are you high? I mentioned the cupcakes that Auburn played, that's it.

Oh, I know the OSU was another poorly veiled attempt at a "hater" comment.

So now, smaller programs have an easier time paying off players. What the hell kind of logic is that? Have any evidence that smaller schools are paying off players? No, I didn't think so either.

Oh, I clearly mentioned what happens on the field, didn't you notice the SEC losses in bowl games in my first argument? Did you miss that? Is reading that tough for you?

You keep playing the "ranked" card like it means something. If you are ranked in the pre-season, you don't have to fight to get into the rankings. You see, it's a totally flawed system. Plus, when you are spending the most, there is an illusion that you are better, when it may not even be true.


1. if you are going to throw out rankings...what measuing stick will you use?
YOUR OPINION?

lets go with END OF YEAR RANKINGS
after 12 games + conf championships + bowls you have to admit the last rankings should matter

and the SEC is always #1-2 in terms of most teams ranked

2. yes, you brilliantly noted the SEC's losses before todays bowls

did you catch Bama's BLOWOUT of michigan state?
florida's win? miss state's win?




you have created a nice little strawman argument




but you havent defined what you mean by "overrated".

Are you saying the SEC should be viewed as only the 4th best conference?
5th best?



just keep hating the SEC and we'll keep winning national championships

oh wait...forgot.....you dont view national championships as a measuring stick either

January 1, 2011  07:26 AM ET

Child Please!

OK gum flapper, let's see what ya got.

January 1, 2011  07:28 AM ET
January 1, 2011  08:11 AM ET

The SEC is overrated because of three bowl losses. You can improve your case, Schadenfreude. This season has produced plenty of grist for the mill. (Jacksonville State-Ole Miss for example) To set it up, explain how great fans say the SEC is, and show why this claim is wrong.
Fans have switched their argument from "we're the best top to bottom" to "we've won the last 4 BCS NCGs." This move is a step down in your opinion, but why is that? No other conference has ever won four straight NCs in the poll era.
"Money spent guarantees dominance at the schools." As long as Notre Dame is #3, I would not make this argument.

January 1, 2011  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The SEC is overrated because of three bowl losses. You can improve your case, Schadenfreude. This season has produced plenty of grist for the mill. (Jacksonville State-Ole Miss for example) To set it up, explain how great fans say the SEC is, and show why this claim is wrong. Fans have switched their argument from "we're the best top to bottom" to "we've won the last 4 BCS NCGs." This move is a step down in your opinion, but why is that? No other conference has ever won four straight NCs in the poll era. "Money spent guarantees dominance at the schools." As long as Notre Dame is #3, I would not make this argument.

I've got 2 more args, I'm just setting some groundwork. Plus, the person in question has made some outlandish claims I wanted to get in early.

Plus, it's really hard to overlook that 6 of the top 9 spenders for football are all in 1 conference.

January 1, 2011  08:36 AM ET

Grudge match!

January 1, 2011  08:55 AM ET

I think that based on the money spent by the SEC schools, I would agree. They underachieve.
Talking economics... Those millions spent in Alabama, South Carol. and Arkansas go a lot further than the same money spent in many other states, like Calif. Oregon, Maryland or Mass.

January 1, 2011  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Grudge match!

Ding Ding Ding!!

January 1, 2011  11:32 AM ET

DAMN YOU, SCHAD!!!

January 1, 2011  11:32 AM ET

I was just getting ready to challenge PCH...

January 1, 2011  11:34 AM ET

Think he is in alcohol induced coma like PCH and Outlaw....

January 1, 2011  11:35 AM ET

*Think he is in an alcohol induced coma*

January 1, 2011  11:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

*Think he is in an alcohol induced coma*

The entire SEC fanbase has been MIA since yesterday.

Coincidence?

January 1, 2011  11:37 AM ET

0-3 in Bowls and 0-2 vs ACC. Ha!!!

January 1, 2011  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The entire SEC fanbase has been MIA since yesterday.Coincidence?

No...

January 1, 2011  11:40 AM ET

Bama vs Michigan State will be a good game but I think Bama wins.

However, I like Penn State to beat Florida.

And Michigan? Has an excellent shot at beating Miss State.

Pittsburgh should take care of Kentucky.

But Arkansas should take care of Ohio State.

Auburn beats Oregon.

SEC? 3-6 in Bowl games when all is said and done...

January 1, 2011  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The entire SEC fanbase has been MIA since yesterday.Coincidence?

They'll reappear if the SEC wins a game or two.

January 1, 2011  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Auburn beats Oregon.

SEC? 3-6 in Bowl games when all is said and done...

But... another National Championship

January 1, 2011  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

But... another National Championship

Only until the NCAA finds its moral compass and strips it from them.

January 1, 2011  11:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Only until the NCAA finds its moral compass and strips it from them.

Won't happen until after Cam Newton signs a multi-million dollar contract with the NFL. Maybe plays a season or two.

Kind of like Reggie Bush.

 
January 1, 2011  11:47 AM ET

The SEC is down this year without a doubt !

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