Washington State Cougars coach Mike Leach made an interesting statement on Wednesday, claiming that the SEC isn’t as strong of a football conference as it’s normally perceived as being. His reasoning? That the bottom teams in the Pac-12 could beat the bottom teams in the SEC.
Oooooh! Burned! Take that SEC!
As someone who grew up watching Pac-10/12 football every weekend, my heart wants to agree with Leach here. The SEC is indeed a top-heavy conference, and its eight-game conference schedule is a joke. Yes, the SEC has dominated the BCS for the past decade, but the conference also benefits greatly from inflated pre-season rankings and from its cozy relationship with ESPN. So, yeah, my heart says screw the SEC!
My brain, however, has spent the last few seasons watching the likes of the Colorado Buffaloes and Leach’s own Cougars play football with all competency of crippled baby birds trying to leave the nest. So, yeah, clear dominance over the SEC isn’t exactly self-evident.
(However, the Oregon Ducks will beat whomever wins the SEC in the championship game this year. You can bet on that.)
[Source: LA Times]