WE RAN A WIRE COLUMN TODAY ABOUT HOW THE SEC has rendered college football boring. The idea is that the SEC has all the best teams. The idea is not new. I remember reading a similar article in last year’s ESPN The Magazine college football edition — “Can anybody dethrone the SEC, please?” — and then Alabama went and won the title again. When it comes to championships, there’s no arguing the SEC is king.
But there was an interesting quote in Paul Newberry’s column from Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, who took umbrage with the idea that the SEC beyond Alabama is such a murderer’s row.
“I guarantee there are a lot of teams in the SEC that aren’t Alabama that wish they were Nebraska, that wish they were Michigan, wish they were Ohio State,” Pelini said, “so don’t talk to me about the SEC.”
Newberry counters: That sort of denial isn’t going to get it done.
Have we considered, though, that Pelini might be right?
Nobody in their right mind is going to argue that the SEC is anything but the best league in the country. But Auburn went 3-9; Arkansas went 4-8; Kentucky went 2-10; Tennessee and Missouri went 5-7. There’s an underbelly to the SEC, just as there is to any league.
And not every team with a winning record is a superpower. Reviewing the bowl guide that hit 64-percent against-the-spread winners last winter, we find three SEC teams that lost straight up as favorites: LSU (-4) fell to Clemson, Mississippi State (-2.5) lost to Northwestern and, in the biggest SEC disappointment, Florida (-14) lost to Louisville.
I’m with Bo. Alabama might be invincible. The SEC is not.
-Andy profiles Virginia Tech punter A.J. Hughes, who was last seen (IMO) getting robbed of MVP honors of the Russell Athletic Bowl.
-Joey Logano wins at Michigan.
-”It is high! It is far! It is…caught by Victorino.” John Sterling had a rough night last night on the Yankees-Red Sox broadcast. He also went on and on about how the Yankees bench shouldn’t have been warned after Ryan Dempster threw at A-Rod, even though that’s standard protocol. Yankees won 9-6.
-Big series opens in Baltimore tonight, as the Orioles host Tampa Bay (7 p.m., MASN).
-Redskins host Steelers in preseason football tonight (8 p.m., ESPN).
-Europe beats the U.S. in the Solheim Cup.
-Salem splits a twinbill with Carolina. Series continues in Salem tonight.
NAME THAT TUNE
Well, the sheriff arrived with his bathrobe on
The confrontation was a tense one
Shook his head said, “Bubba Boy,”
“You was always a dense one”
Reckless discharge of a gun
That’s what the officers are claimin’
Bubba hollered, “Reckless? Hell!”
“I shot just where I was aimin’”