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The SEC, the BCS, & ESPN: "Why SEC isn't as Great in Football as You Think"

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Chuck Thompson has an article over at The Post Game examining the myth of SEC dominance in college football. He picks it apart in interesting ways, especially illustrating the corrupting ties that bind ESPN, the BCS, and the SEC. An excerpt: "Claims to SEC superiority are based on a simple set of arguments, foremost of which is that of the 14 national championships awarded since the 1998 advent of the BCS system, eight have gone to teams from the SEC, including, remarkably, the last six in a row. "Yet SEC dominance is a very recent phenomenon. "Since the inception of the BCS, the SEC has been crowned national champion 57.14 percent of the time. That's a stunning turnaround when compared with an undisputed national title rate of 10.42 percent over the half-century prior. "So what's behind such a radical shift in fortune, such a statistical improbability? "It certainly isn't on-field performance. Judging by inter-conference records -- that is to say actual games as opposed to media guesswork and bestowed rankings -- the SEC plays other BCS conferences about equally. Witness the record since the start of the BCS era in 1998: "SEC vs. PAC-12 regular season: 10-12 SEC vs. PAC-12 bowl games: 1-0 SEC vs. Big 12 regular season: 6-10 SEC vs. Big 12 bowl games: 21-8 SEC vs. ACC regular season: 42-36 SEC vs. ACC bowl games: 16-9 SEC vs. Big 10 regular season: 7-4 SEC vs. Big 10 bowl games: 19-19 SEC vs. Big East regular season: 16-15 SEC vs. Big East bowl game: 3-8 "The record is clear. In head-to-head match-ups against other major conferences, the SEC has either a combined losing record or one that's generally only a little better than even." So, can Michigan beat Alabama on September 1st? Do you want to see the Wolverines win?

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