The SEC — despite having six teams ranked in the top nine of the BCS standings — is on the outside looking in at this year’s BCS Championship Game in Miami. To make the game, the SEC’s eventual champ will likely need a couple of the three teams ranked above it to be upset down the stretch (those teams being Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame).
But whether the league gets help or not, LSU’s Les Miles believes the SEC champ deserves a shot at the league’s seventh straight national crown:
“Everybody within this league plays a very difficult schedule. I think the champion of this league should very well have the opportunity to play in that national championship game until somebody proves that the winner of this league is not the nation’s best team…
On the cusp of the rule change (to a four-team playoff), it’ll be very interesting to see if some of the best teams are left on the sideline (come 2014). Nationally, in this conference there are a number of very skillful teams that receive a strong national ranking and we play all of them.
I think the team that stands on the podium with the SEC championship trophy should get great consideration to play in (the national championship game). Period.”
America says “no, no, no,” but we at MrSEC.com say, “yes, yes, yes.” Each year, NFL teams select more players from the SEC than any other league. There should be no question that it’s the toughest conference because it’s clearly the most talent-filled conference. The SEC’s champ deserves a shot at the title.
But the college football season is unforgiving (in most cases). If you lose a game and two other big-time programs go undefeated, you’re likely finished when it comes to BCS championship picture. SEC fans might not like that after being on the right side of the rankings for so many years, but facts are facts. Texas A&M’s win over Alabama likely killed the SEC’s BCS title streak unless there are a whole lotta surprises elsewhere over next few weeks.
Regardless of what Miles, MrSEC.com or SEC fans believe.