Originally Posted by TexansSeminole
That's why I said you would have to look at other conferences and then look at strength of schedule on those out of conference games.
Part of the argument for the SEC being overrated is those SEC conference games. The argument is that the preseason polls overrate SEC teams based on past performance. This carries over into the season when SEC teams play each other, because they end up not dropping far in the rankings when they lose to another SEC team. That means when they lose later to another team in a similar situation, it happens again. It just snowballs basically all because of the preseason rankings and then the AP keeping that whole preseason ranking vibe going throughout the season. The BCS rankings are also partially based on these polls and those polls are basically based on the preseason rankings, as I was saying. That's the argument for the SEC being overrated from what I understand. Hope I did an ok job at explaining that.
Normally, I understand why the SEC has highly ranked teams throughout the season. They normally have some great teams at the top. This year, not so much and you're seeing the above argument playing out. You have Alabama and Missouri (jury still out on them), but almost everyone else isn't who they were supposed to be. Teams like Florida and Georgia were ranked for far too long and eventually just had to get dropped, because they kept losing.
Ehh. There is bias towards the SEC, sure. I'd argue that it's deserved... but, well, let's wait and see how this season shakes out. This is definitely a down year for the SEC though. If the Nat'l game ends up being Oregon vs. Bama and Oregon wins, it'll confirm that this year at least the SEC was overrated. If Bama wins again, though... well, there ya have it. Threepeat speaks for itself. Also waiting on the rest of the SEC's bowl schedule and W-L record.
For the record I'm 90% A&M is going to miss out on the Sugar Bowl. I don't think Auburn loses the two games (probably only lose to Bama, though I'll be cheering for Ole Miss to knock them off) we need them to and I feel like we're going to fall to LSU in Death Valley. A lesser bowl is more likely.