Sunday, June 1, 2008
The last two college football national championships were won by SEC teams. Florida in 2006 and LSU in 2007 both made a whipping boy of Ohio State to take home the crystal trophy. In 2007, nine teams went to bowl games, and only two lost. Florida was upset by a surprising Michigan performance in the Capital One Bowl, and Missouri defeated Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl. Two SEC teams played in BCS games and they both won. LSU as we mentioned above and of course our Georgia Bulldogs thrashed Hawaii 41-10 in the Sugar Bowl. The conference produced not only the Heisman Trophy winner in Florida's Tim Tebow, but also its runner-up in Arkansas' Darren McFadden. Glenn Dorsey of LSU was also named the nation's best defensive player. I think you can smell what's cooking here, and the dish isn't done yet. In 2008, the conference just might be better. Better as in more competitive. So many solid teams have so many good players returning. The conference has so many good coaches. Every Saturday stadiums are at capacity with knowledgeable, energetic, and loud crowds. Winning on the road is no easy task in the SEC, regardless of the venue you visit. It is absolutely the toughest football conference in America. This being said, I predict that NO TEAM (zero) will run the table in the conference in 2008. There will be no unblemished conference records when all is said and done in December. It is just too tough to do. Not only is it a matter of WHO you play, but WHERE you play them and WHEN you play them. Scheduling is so critical and something you don't have a lot of control over. Just show up and play, and may the best team win. Sometimes in the Southeastern Conference, it's difficult to know who the best team is. So many are so good.