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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).

This Kid Understands

This Kid Understands

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 BowlBoise, 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 BowlTampa, FL

  • Texas A&M (4-8) v. Arkansas (5-7)

Febreze BowlOklahoma City, OK

  • Kansas State (5-7) v. Auburn (5-7)

Oprah Magazine BowlPhoenix, AZ

  • Colorado (5-7) v. Vanderbilt (6-6)

Charmin Ultra-Soft BowlAtlanta, GA

  • Kansas (7-5) v. Kentucky (6-6)

Maxim.com BowlLas Vegas, NV

  • Nebraska (8-4) v. LSU (7-5)

Barack Obama BowlChicago, IL

  • Missouri (9-4) v. South Carolina (7-5)

Revenge of the Nerds Collector’s Edition DVD BowlMiami, FL

  • Oklahoma State (9-3) v. Georgia (9-3)

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia BowlSan Diego, CA

  • Texas Tech (11-1) v. Ole Miss (8-4) —SETTLED

Meineke Car Care BowlCharlotte, NC

  • Texas (11-1) v. Alabama (11-1)

Holiday Inn Express Tournament ChampionshipDallas, 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…

sk.

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    Florida LB Brandon Spikes

    Florida LB Brandon Spikes

    Does this statement sting a little? It sure does if you’re a fan of the team down in Norman.  After weeks of debating the final tally has been counted and although my opinion was wrong, the old adage rings true: defense wins championships.  After a year in which those of us in Big 12 country saw so many 50 point games like they were old hat, the crystal ball is awarded to the one team that could finally do what my mom likes to scream at the television during our beloved team’s defensive attempts… “stop somebody!”  And stop them the boys from Florida did.  14 points from what was and in all likelihood will still be heralded as the most potent offense in the history of college football.

    This isn’t an attempt to take anything away from the king of the swamp, but Mr. Tebow, who I believe ESPN covers enough that no other outlet should ever have to talk about, is not the main reason the folks down in Gainesville will be chomping until their arms fall off.  No, every knee should bow at the performance turned in by the defensive side of the team in orange and blue, led by All-American linebacker Brandon Spikes (pictured to the right).  14 points?  If I had been offered a bet of any size by my colleagues here at RTS I would have taken it in a heartbeat, thankfully one was not offered or I’d be trying to find someone to lend me a shirt, a kitchen sink… you get the picture.

    Finally a team showed up that could play man coverage on wide-outs without getting beat deep, a team that could blitz and not worry about the risk of the big play behind them, a group that could hit someone so bad their backup felt it, a team that… could play defense.  I love the Big 12, and, although after a poor bowl record might say otherwise, I still believe they were the best conference this year, but the best team resides down in the Sunshine State.  What a show from the defense, and what a well deserved title for the Gators.

    -asm

    My apologies to Les Miles.

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