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College Football: We Just Do It Better Down South!

Why has the Southeastern Conference been the premier conference in college football for years now?

by
Chris Queen

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August 27, 2013 - 3:00 pm
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August is finally winding down. The kids are back to school, and the whole world seems to settle back into a routine. Starting this week — and especially on Saturday — the world changes for the better, as teams on campuses across the country take the fields to play football.

Yes, it’s college football season, and college football, like food, music, and beautiful women, is one of the things we just do better down South. The Southeastern Conference (SEC) has dominated the sport for years now, and for that reason, the entire country is in a love-hate relationship with the conference.

Over at one of my favorite sports blogs, Saturdays Down South, Kevin Duffey speculates how the SEC, with all their successes, may well be the villain of college football:

Just over three years ago, Lebron James became the biggest villain in major American sports as a result of his televised Decision. For the next three seasons, fans – whether they hated or loved Lebron – couldn’t stop watching him as he pursued NBA Championships.

Several years before that, baseball fans were joined together in a hatred toward the New York Yankees as a result of multiple World Series titles and an ever expanding payroll.

Whether the villains are a result of a Decision, a payroll several times that of a team’s competitors or 7 straight BCS Championships, villains are fantastic for sports. Villains drive emotion and drive fan interest on both sides of the equation.

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The SEC is an interesting scenario for a villain since it’s such a large entity. It’s not a single individual like Lebron James or Tiger Woods. It’s not a single team like the Yankees. No, it’s 14 teams and an entire region of the country.

I know what you’re thinking – “These SEC fans sound like they’re bragging.” But the facts speak for themselves. Teams from the SEC have won the last seven championships in a row – and nine of the last 15. Five of the ten largest college football stadiums reside within the SEC, and the SEC boasts nine of the 20 largest attendances in college football. Then again, those are mere statistics.

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To much estrogen in the drinking water out here in the west.
33 weeks ago
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It's called toleration of cheating. The cheating goes on everywhere but there is some from of punishment when caught. In the SEC schools are punished for not cheating.
34 weeks ago
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I'll keep my 'Cats and my Big 12. There's no place like Manhappiness and The Bill on a college football Saturday no matter what you SEC folk say. We don't have your money, so we don't have your size. But we make up for it in family and pride.
34 weeks ago
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"for years"

Ha...since I was a kid, at least. So, for decades.
34 weeks ago
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The game day camraderie, I get and it does look awesome.

I just wonder if the football prowess, particularly against "northern" teams is one of those things that you all would give up as part of the whole "ancestors picking our cotton" trade-off?
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
Bless your heart, it must be tough to get out of bed everyday knowing you just can't measure up...

34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
I meant "ancestors picking their own cotton"
34 weeks ago
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I like what you wrote. I do have one small quibble. We only have one sissy team here in Florida and that is the girls school in Tallahassee. Florida being the best college football state in the country, UF, UM, USF, UCF and the girls school.

GO! GATORS! CHOMP!
34 weeks ago
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Roll Tide....cute Rottie


Remember BENGHAZI!
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