This was originally going to be a comment posted on a previous article. However, i ended up wasting too much time on it and decided to give it featured space.
When evaluating the strengths of major football conferences, one game cannot tell everything you need to know. in the wake of a Florida national championship, it has been widely accepted that the SEC established their dominance in college football this year. However, there are still dissenters to this conclusion (Anthony this isn’t aimed at you, I’m aware that you never held this opinion…publicly).
That being said, I believe that the SEC was a better conference than the big12 in every measure this year. Their play throughout the year and especially a stellar bowl season set them on a level above the Big12.
For further analysis, lets go hypothetical. Since this will never be determined on the field (with this years teams at least), we have to predict what would happen if the conferences squared off…
Lets say we lined up the SEC and the Big12 in a heads-up series, with each team facing their conference counterpart in terms of overall record. Here is the slate of games in reverse order of final standings:
Note: the rankings were determined on overall W-L percentage before bowl games. this allows teams that had a great season but took a bowl loss (e.g. Oklahoma) to maintain the position they held most of the year. additionally, a team may be moved up or down a position to match a team that they actually played in their bowl (e.g. tech v. ole miss)
Maxi-Tampon Bowl – Boise, ID
- Iowa State (2-10) v. Mississippi State (4-8)
Great Value Douche Bag Bowl – Bentonville, AR
- Baylor (4-8) v. Tennessee (5-7)
Trojan Rough-Riders Bowl – Tampa, FL
- Texas A&M (4-8) v. Arkansas (5-7)
Febreze Bowl – Oklahoma City, OK
- Kansas State (5-7) v. Auburn (5-7)
Oprah Magazine Bowl – Phoenix, AZ
- Colorado (5-7) v. Vanderbilt (6-6)
Charmin Ultra-Soft Bowl – Atlanta, GA
- Kansas (7-5) v. Kentucky (6-6)
Maxim.com Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
- Nebraska (8-4) v. LSU (7-5)
Barack Obama Bowl – Chicago, IL
- Missouri (9-4) v. South Carolina (7-5)
Revenge of the Nerds Collector’s Edition DVD Bowl – Miami, FL
- Oklahoma State (9-3) v. Georgia (9-3)
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl – San Diego, CA
- Texas Tech (11-1) v. Ole Miss (8-4) —SETTLED
Meineke Car Care Bowl – Charlotte, NC
- Texas (11-1) v. Alabama (11-1)
Holiday Inn Express Tournament Championship – Dallas, TX
- Oklahoma (12-1) v. Florida (12-1) —SETTLED
My Scorecard: SEC Wins 9 Games – Mississippi State, Tennessee, Arkansas, Auburn, Vanderbilt, LSU, Georgia, Ole Miss, Florida. Big12 Wins 3 Games – Kansas, Missouri, Texas
Comment to criticize, react, and offer your own scorecards of how this series would play out.
Gotta love the hypotheticals…