The SEC’s national championship streak and stranglehold on the college football world is in serious jeopardy following the loss of undefeated Alabama to Texas A&M and Johnny Football. Alabama fell to fourth in the national polls behind undefeated teams Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame.
While it would take some serious dominoes to fall in order for a SEC team to get back in the national title picture, LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles believes the SEC Champion should play for the BCS championship.
Miles states that the strength of schedule from the SEC teams makes the winner of the conference championship worthy of the national title bid.
“Everybody within this league plays a very difficult schedule,” Miles said, per The Times-Picayune. “I think the champion of this league should very well have the opportunity to play in that national championship game until somebody proves that the winner of this league is not the nation’s best team.”
There is one flaw with Miles’ logic. Notre Dame has the strongest strength of schedule among teams at the top of the polls, but thankfully we will have a football playoff in 2014. However, Miles has his concerns about the impending rule changes.
“On the cusp of the rule change, it’ll be very interesting to see if some of the best teams are left on the sideline,” Miles said. “Nationally, in this conference there are a number of very skillful teams that receive a strong national ranking and we play all of them.
“I think the team that stands on the podium with the SEC championship trophy should get great consideration to play in (the national championship game),” Miles said. “Period.”
Alabama is in the drivers seat to represent the SEC West in the conference title game against the Georgia Bulldogs. The two teams sit fourth and fifth in the polls so the winner of that game has a reasonable argument for their stake at the BCS National Championship.