As a blogger that covers the Big 12 in Big 12 country, I constantly hear from Mizzou and Texas A&M fans that they left the Big 12 for a better conference. That the SEC was an upgrade in terms of money, prestige, and football talent. If you live in Texas, Kansas or Missouri, that is all you heard. How now that they are in the SEC, they are a better program than every school in the Big 12. Let’s admit one thing.
The SEC is not the dominate conference it once was.
What Texas A&M and Missouri fans forget is the top football conference is cyclical. In 2004, an undefeated SEC champion was left out of the title game. This top conference in college football is always changing and as you see now, the SEC is about to lose their throne.
It began on September 8th, 2012 when a redshirt freshmen making his first start in a new conference was able to carve up the strongest SEC defense. That was Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M. That raised some red flags for me but I just chalked it up to the Gators being a 7-6 team the previous season.
Then the Gators went 11-1 and the Aggies when 10-2 and that signaled to me that the SEC is not that strong anymore. Since when do freshmen quarterbacks dominate a conference and people believe that same conference is the top conference in college football. If Manziel did that in the Big 12, people would talk about how weak the Big 12 is.
Now during bowl season the SEC is 3-3. The SEC has lost to the Big 10, ACC, Big East and 2 of those losses were blowout losses (And even though the final score doesn’t indicate it, Florida got blown out). Not only are they spectacularly mediocre during the 2012-2013 bowl season, but only 1 win was a blowout and that was Vanderbilt against an NC State team that had their coach fired. Georgia struggled to put away a Nebraska team that got 70 put on them by a 7-5 Wisconsin team. South Carolina needed a last second touchdown pass to beat an 8-4 Michigan that struggled to beat Air Force during the regular season.
I like the SEC, they have many great programs and great traditions. But this is not the SEC of 3 or 5 years ago. This is a conference that is not head and shoulders above the rest of the competition anymore. This should be a lesson for all college football fans. No one stays at the top forever and it’s time for the SEC to ride off into the sunset.