Sunday, January 02, 2011

It's Not the SEC, It's the South

The SEC is the top college football conference in the nation. My observation is that the reason for this is that the South is where the players are, and this is where the 'tude is. The football that teams play down here looks faster, and rougher, than that played elsewhere. The players tend to look more thickly ripped and muscled as well.

Some have used the early losses to non-SEC teams in bowl games to trash-talk the SEC. It is clear that the lower-rung SEC teams have lost games, but look who they are losing them to: other teams from the south.

Tennessee lost- to North Carolina. South Carolina Lost- to Florida State. Georgia lost- to University of Central Florida. I am sure that I am not the only one who has noticed how well the "minor" Florida teams are playing. Florida and Texas are the two deepest talent pools in the nation and not every young stellar athlete has the academics for an SEC school.

In the meantime, Florida is down, but still has enough to beat well-regarded Penn St.
Michigan is down too, and Miss. St. made them look like doormats in a 52-14 beat down. Alabama brutalized a Michigan St. team that was seven notches higher in the rankings 49-7.

My point about the SEC is that critics from the north and west have little to crow about. If they are losing, they are losing to their neighbors where football and the martial spirit is predominant, not to yankees and surfer-dudes!

Even tiny TCU managed to defeat Wisconsin, which is an excellent power football team. They are the best team in their region and could have finished as high as fourth place in the SEC. Should I wait until Arkansas plays Ohio State to write this smack-talk column? Yes, but I have a hunch the Hogs are going to take Ohio State and confirm what I am writing, for the reasons I am laying out.

I guess that means I am picking Auburn for the national championship game. Oregon was smart enough to come to Texas and recruit a couple of their biggest guns. That ought to keep it close, but Auburn is chock full of southern football warriors up and down their roster.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the advantages of the South?

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5935634

12:45 PM, January 05, 2011  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

powerful video.

5:35 PM, January 07, 2011  

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