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Oh, you know the scene.  Twenty-five years ago Micheal Douglas’ Gordon Gekko stands up and defends his raid on a paper company in Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street.”


“The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed — for lack of a better word — is good.  Greed is right.  Greed  works.  Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.  Greed, in all of its forms — greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge — has marked the upward surge of mankind.  And greed — you mark my words — will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA.”


While one can debate whether the greed of the go-go ’80s was really good in the long run or not, there’s no debating that the SEC is the new Gordon Gekko on the block.  How greedy is Mike Slive’s empire?  Greedy enough to bring home six consecutive BCS Championship trophies.  And the only SEC team to lose a BCS Championship Game during that run… obviously lost to an SEC rival.  Now that’s greed.

As a result, the little guys of the sports world got together after last season’s SEC versus SEC title clash and demanded change.  Suddenly the playoff that would never come, came.  “Details, shmetails, give us some system that might help crack the SEC’s safe,” seemed to be the cry from commissioners across the country.

Well, their new playoff — which in a sign of ultimate power looks a lot like the four-team playoff Slive himself suggested years ago — won’t become a reality until the 2014 season.  That means the SEC’s perceived strength and proven track record will continue to benefit the league for two more seasons in the voters-plus-computers BCS system.  (It also means you can get ready for “what if we had a playoff this year” hypotheticals from ESPN all season long.)

So if the game’s the same in 2012, who’s to say the SEC’s avarice and gluttony won’t lead to another national crown and another crystal football being gobbled up come January?  Here’s a better question, who in the Southeastern Conference is most-likely to capture #7 in a row?

Our feelings regarding each SEC squad heading into the season can be found by clicking the “rest of this entry” link below.  The best case scenarios and the worst.  Our predictions.  Which coaches will surprise and which ones will get the boot at year’s end (or before)?

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