Now this is a Big 12 and Kansas City blog but today we are going to dip into the hype and look at the SEC. Everyone in the country says the Southeastern Conference is the best college football conference on the planet. Many people, especially around here pooh-pooh that notion. But when looking at the numbers and opening conference play this week, it’s kind of hard to argue against that. The SEC has 4 undefeated teams. Every other conference has at most 2 (including the Big 12 and the Big 10). Now you might complain that the non conference schedule for the SEC has been weak, but they handled teams like Virginia Tech and the some what surprising Washington. Even so, they didn’t trip up like the other conferences and beat the teams they are supposed to. Yet they still get the ire of others. That kinda reminds me about how little brothers look at big brothers.
I grew up in a family of 5 brothers with no sisters (my poor mother). The Purple Yeti just happens to be #4 in the set. Growing up, my older brothers excelled at most everything physically and mentally. Even when I was getting better and growing stronger, they always seemed to get the upper hand. Now there were times that I beat them at games, but they would come back with a fever so harsh that it made me scared for awhile to try them again. Usually it was at Nintendo. That’s kind of how I feel about the SEC. They seem to come back hard when they screw up.
So this weekend we see a tasty day game in Alabama at Mississippi and the biggest match up of the year so far in college football with Florida going to LSU. I’m not sure who will win those games and yes, there will be one less undefeated team from the conference. We’re still waiting on word for Tim Tebow’s playing status tonight and I’m pretty sure that the status will determine the outcome of the game. It’s a night game in Death Valley and as much as you like to hate it, everyone will be watching the SEC tonight.
So the little brother conferences are scrapping it out as well but nothing going on this weekend comes close to what the SEC provides. There may be some undefeated teams left after this weekend and there may be some upsets as well. As the year goes on, the little conferences will fight and fight and fight. As much as we don’t like to see the big brother succeed, we will see the big brother SEC in the BCS title game. Even if Florida loses, they will get the rematch in the SEC championship game and Alabama or LSU will show up undefeated. That means the winner will be in title game. I know it sucks, but that’s what happens when you play against your big brother.