Originally Posted by WeWantTheVest
I think some people don't understand what overrated even means. The SEC has teams ranked 4-9 including a pair of two loss teams ranked above FSU and Clemson. That is overrated. Alabama being ranked 4th after losing to two loss A&M while USC dropped to 13th after losing to undefeated Stanford is overrated. Getting to play the same team twice for the NC is overrated. Claiming BS championships based on opinion as a reason for being ranked high is overrated..
Everyone likes to point out that some of these other conferences can't succeed in the SEC. Obviously A&M has proven otherwise, and I expect most other top teams would as well. On the flip side how would a middle of the pack SEC team do in an offense heavy conference like the Big 12? I'd say not as well. Eventually those types of offenses will beat you. One game with a month to prepare obviously goes to the defense. Week in and week out, I don't see most or maybe any SEC teams going undefeated in the Big 12 or Pac either.
No one with any sense thinks the SEC is not a good football conference, maybe even the best this year. Fact is, we won't really ever be able to say for sure. At least not until 2014.
Is that it? No objective factors, no pointing to any OOC loses by the top teams in the SEC (b/c there are none), no legitimate reason to say that the SEC is overrated except the usual anti-SEC rhetotic. Which is the same tired crap about ESPN and biased voters, and now we are changing the definition of overrated and still the SEC is better
. For the SEC to be overrated then logically another conference must be better than them, if not then the SEC is rated right where they should be.
Top teams in some other conferences would finish third in their division in the SEC like A&M. I'll even give you that b/c that's all that A&M has done. Some people seem to forget that A&M was held to 17 pts by Florida and 19 by LSU both home games. Bama turned the ball over 3 times and had more penalties. The only thing that A&M prove is what every football fans knows, any team with a pulse will beat you if you lose the turnover battle by 3 and commit more penalties
. A&M also doesn't have to play Ga or SC so two out of three good defenses in the SEC held A&M below 20 pts.
So you can't say for sure or not that the SEC is the best conference but some of you can declare that the SEC is overrated. Which is precisely my point that there is no objective proof that the SEC is overrated, and no conference has done more OOC by beating quality teams or having competitive game then the SEC.
By the way I'm tired of this myth that the SEC has bad offenses. Almost half of the conference is in the top 40 for scoring offenses. When the SEC plays other conferences in bowl games and such they score more than their average like Bama 41 pts against Mich, or LSU 41 against Wash, Tenn 35 at N.C. State. Unlike much of the country the SEC plays on both sides of the ball.