EDSBS accused myself and HP of beating a dead horse a few weeks ago in discussing flaws with the SEC.
Guess what, that horse ain't dead. Not even close. Via HP, here's TSN's Matt Hayes, waxing poetic about the SEC.
Here's a good reaction from John Q. Public in HP's comments section:
"Now, here's where it gets scary: If Florida and Georgia win this week as favorites, the SEC would have four teams with nine wins and another with eight."
That's the main problem I have with Mr. Hayes's sentiments. So it all comes down to the number of wins, does it? So direct, so simple, so shallow. It doesn't matter how many wins a team has until one looks at who those wins were against. Collectively, those teams that Hayes mentions (Georgia, Florida, LSU, Auburn, Alabama) have ONE win against schools from other BCS conferences. That one win was LSU's defeat over Arizona State (5-5) in a game that most observers felt that the Sun Devils lost more than LSU won. The only other BCS opponent faced by any of those schools was Georgia Tech (7-3), who defeated Auburn.Furthermore, as HP mentions, all those teams don't play one another. You're never going to see the following games this regular season: Georgia-Alabama, LSU-Georgia, or Florida-Auburn. That means that every one of those five teams will play a maximum of three of those other noted SEC teams. Other than South Carolina, every other SEC team has a losing record. Thus, it's not hard to see how a conference in which half the teams are no good, and the other half plays almost no one of note outside of the conference and miss out on at least one of the other good teams, can produce possibly four teams with 9 nine wins. It's not a big deal, and the SEC should not be lauded for it.
This isn't directed so much at the EDSBS guys or many of the intelligent bloggers out there who don't sound like the various "SEC's #1" idiots out there. I am, however, staying on message, because it's that attitude that pervades much of the CFB discussion and often unfairly benefits the conference and its member institutions.
This sentiment is echoed by HP, who concludes his entry thusly:
But this is just another example of a mainstream college football writer giving the SEC the benefit of the doubt. For some reason, it's a benefit that rarely goes to other conferences.