Unwise to Count SEC Out of BCS

Unwise to Count SEC Out of BCS

This was a great weekend for the Sick-of-the-SEC crowd. Texas A&M's stunning 29-24 victory over No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa especially delighted fans of undefeated Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame. The real impact for the SEC Hater Nation, though, is that it seemed likely to end the SEC's streak of six straight BCS national championships.

But was the SEC's dominance of the BCS title game really ended by Johnny Football (aka freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel) and his arriviste Aggies just a few months into their SEC tenure? And more important, should it be?

Fair warning: This column is not intended to shovel dirt on the supposed grave of Southern football. We come not to bury the SEC, but to praise it.

Six straight national titles bring credibility, even among the legions of fans understandably sick of hearing that "S-E-C!" chant as the final seconds tick down in Miami or Pasadena. That credibility has earned a potential one-loss SEC champion—either Alabama or Georgia—a legitimate spot in the title game.

Let's pose the question another way. Would it be the best thing for college football if the SEC loses its BCS title streak not by losing on the field, but by missing the game altogether? The answer here is no.

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