Originally Posted by Golfingdad
I just think these bowl games are evidence that the AQ conferences are a lot closer than we all liked to believe. Granted, they are a slightly different animal than the rest of the season due to the month layoff, and the fact that it's only one game for each team, but still. The consensus was that the Big 10 was weak, the Big 12 was a little better, and the AAC was a big joke. Heck, until Fresno State lost, we were ranked AHEAD of UCF. That turned out to be the big joke.
UCF looked mighty impressive in their win over Baylor. That same Baylor team who obliterated Oklahoma 41-12 earlier this year. And we saw how impressive Oklahoma looked last night against Alabama. Michigan State showed that the Big 10 is no loke against Stanford.
I'm pretty excited to see how both games tonight play out. And, obviously, Monday as well. ................... Not Saturdays or Sundays game though, I don't even know why those exist. There should be a requirement that all non-BCS games have to be played prior to New Years. (The Cotton Bowl is fine ... that's like the Player's Championship of bowl games) Capital 1, Outback, and Gator are usually good too, so I'm OK with them being on New Years too.
The problem with rating conferences is that they change from year to year and the football "experts" don't have very good eyeballs on current years. The "experts" were at the height of their stupidity in the pre-game show last night (I was pissed). I knew Oklahoma would come to play and their sideline looked like they were playing for a NC while Alabama looked like they were just playing another football game.
What made Coach Bryant such a good coach for so long was that he was always willing to change the way he did things based on how the game was changing. So far Nick Saban has shown no such tendencies. Really good success but if he doesn't change, his run of success at that level is probably done.
There have been years when the SEC was the best conference. This obviously (for anybody with eyeballs) wasn't one of those years. All they are this year is a conference with 7 or 8 decent teams that could win or lose against other decent teams on any given day (just like the other conferences).
They suffer from prosperity and are constantly losing underclassmen to the NFL at higher than average rates, and just as importantly constantly losing assistant coaches. This year both factors showed up big time.
The question among people with an ounce of common sense (which is not common at all) was never whether a good team from a weak conference could beat a good team from a better conference. It was always whether that good team from a weaker conference would be in that position if they were in the stronger conference.
The SEC does have the luckiest team in the country this year but that's about it.