After Alabama, SEC has been left in dust by Big Ten, others in rankings

Alabama head coach Nick Saban runs onto the field before the Iron Bowl game against Auburn last Saturday. (AP photo)

Alabama head coach Nick Saban runs onto the field before the Iron Bowl game against Auburn last Saturday. (AP photo)

If Alabama wins another national championship, as is likely, SEC officials will bang their chest and every other football program in the conference will claim some level of victory. Because . . . Yeah! S-E-C!

But have you looked around lately?

The SEC, whether because of increased parity in recruiting, a drop-off in coaching quality or simply the law of averages, looks more like a conference living off its reputation and history than today’s reality. After No. 1 Alabama, there isn’t another conference team in the AP’s top 25 rankings until 15th ranked Florida.

Here’s the breakdown of the top 14 teams in the AP rankings, which will be pretty close to mirrored in the next college football playoff rankings Tuesday night: The Big Ten, now the power conference in the nation, has four teams in the top 14: No. 2 Ohio State, No. 5 Michigan, No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 8 Penn State.

The Big Ten is followed by the Pacific 12 with three teams (4-Washington, 9-Colorado, 10-USC), the Big 12 with three (7-Oklahoma, 11-Oklahoma State, 14-West Virginia) and the ACC with two (3-Clemson, 12-Florida State) and the MAC with one (13-Western Michigan).

So there you go: The SEC is no better than the MAC.

Not really. That was just fun to type.

Is this permanent? Not likely. The resources of SEC schools is likely to return some football programs to the level of national contenders again. But the Big Ten in particular has been the best conference at hiring coaches in the last four years (Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Penn State’s James Franklin, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh) and several SEC programs are struggling to get traction.

After unbeaten Alabama, Florida is the only team with as few as three losses. Eight of 14 conference schools have at least five losses. Six (including Georgia) have a negative point differential this season.

The SEC East has been down for years. Florida has won the division the last two years with only average teams. Among the rest of the division’s members — Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Missouri — can we say there’s a great team on the rise there?

So, yes, Alabama may reign over college football again and the SEC will raise the flag. But this is a one-team conference right now.

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TideDawg
TideDawg

Left in the dust????? Schultz you are a piece of work....the butt end of it. I haven't noticed any non conference teams clamoring to schedule games with these no talent teams in the SEC. Maybe they will, maybe it's too early, we'll see. I don't think I would count out TA&M, Ole Miss, Ark., Ms. St. or Auburn for the "17 season. In the East....We already know what Butch Jones can do with a talent laden team....nothing. The others.....question marks for all.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Big pre10d Conference member Rutgers has a shot of being the worse team in all of FBS (subject to some final regular season games this week).  Another proud moment in Big Pre10d conference history.


...................and TOHIO, you will love this.  With the Big 12 not extending it's grant of rights agreement, the conference is will likely dissolve in a few years.  Guess who is rumored to be a Big Pre10d expansion candidate?  Kansas, another school in the bottom 25 for football.  See a pattern here?  


Boom,  mic drop.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Big pre10d conference.  A whopping 3 teams in the bottom 10.  Not even the bottom 25, the bottom 10.  That is a record for any of the Power 5 Conferences (SEC has none by  the way).


Hey TOHIO, will the Big pre10d conference hand out awards for that?

TOJacket
TOJacket

SEC.....weak Conference with weak fans....Lil Wallace, 12 or 13, Mrs. Landers. 4 of 5 against SEC over last 3 years. Lol.

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO:  So now TOHIO #1 is piggybacking off of TOHIO #2, role reversal now guys?  Are you guys sure you are that coordinated?

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO:  go fetch lapdog!  LOL.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

You can't even win the little ten. Really think you can win a NC? What a joke.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally


Not even the fact the the dogs are going to another toilet bowl. 





Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO:  Unlike so many of your Big pre10d conference members.  Still blowing your mind with that one eh?

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

New little ten excuse alert!

New little ten excuse alert!

New little ten excuse alert!

"TIEBREAKERS"

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO:  that's because you live and breath UGA.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally



No, I live and breath OSU. I am amused by delusional dogs.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

PSU = little ten north champs. Hahahaha

UGA beat them without a coach.

OSU, well that was a block 6 loss.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

We all know you care and why. That was no unicorn discovery.

#1 dawg promoter

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO:  What is the count today on number of Big pre10d conference teams in the bottom 25, 4, or is it now 5?

TideDawg
TideDawg

I say to Georgia Tech: Since you run the state does that mean you are responsible for corruption in Atlanta, the worst water and sewer system in the world, and that idiot Paul Howard? PJ must also be doing the recruiting for the state. 

OH:IO
OH:IO

@TideDawg


Ask 5 or 6. He's been running the state for what, 12 of the last 13 years, right?

OH:IO
OH:IO

Why does lil wally post such juvenile remarks?


woodshed?


kids table?


moron?



Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO: I talk to the level to whom I am addressing.  In your case a 10 year old.


Woodshed, again.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Toilet bowl?

Buffet?

Chicken sh@t?

Then instead of than?

Shall I continue dawg promoter? The hypocrisy continues.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@twelveofthirteen


Yep, toilet bowl. Perhaps I need to change it to annual toilet bowl. 


Chickensh#t Saturday. Do you prefer Cupcake Saturday?


The Buffet. Yep. Not healthy. 


Deal with it. It describes a program (yours). 

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Free tats, women abusers, owned by PSU, not even conference champs.

Sound familiar?

Big Wally
Big Wally

OH:IO 2 hours ago

@Big Wally


Yours is not in the Top 15. 



Boom


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TOHIO:  you now don't even know that Alabama is in the SEC, and also ranked #1.

bwahahahahaahha.   Woodshed moment - yet again.   LOL.  Go back to the kids table moron.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally


SEC! SEC! LEAST lil wally


And, I was wrong. FL is #15. Feel better?


Go suck a 7-5 toilet bowl egg.



Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO:  Woodshed, we were talking about the SEC champ and their ranking, it is highly unlikely Fla. will be the SEC champ.  Again, this woodshed moment brought to you by Big Wally at the expense of TOHIO:

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO:  Don't need one, taking you to the woodshed is not really an accomplishment anymore.  Kind of like taking candy from a baby.

TOJacket
TOJacket

Hey stupid DawgNole...we run this State!! You must think your childish homophobic post bother me...actually it's a testimonial to how butt hurt little Wally and dawggie mole are. Boo hoo hoo. 28-27 punks.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

"Posts," dumba*s!

13-3, slob. DOMINATION.

You run nothing but your yap, loser.

Big Wally
Big Wally

I see I got TOHIO super mad today.  I guess when you point out facts that his Big pre10d conference has more teams in the bottom 25 and less teams bowl eligible than other conferences, he just loses what little mind he has left. 


and TOHIO, please show your 'partner' some attention.  He is so desperately trying to please you and get your approval.  He is always piggybacking off your comments.  The lapdog will only be loyal for so long, he will eventually go to look for another master.

TOJacket
TOJacket

We run this State lil Wally. Lol

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally


Enjoy your toilet bowl.


SI.COM The Big Ten put four teams in the top seven of the rankings, with Ohio State the highest at No. 2. The Buckeyes have seemingly clinched a playoff spot, but there's a good possibility that the Big Ten could land two, if not three, teams in the playoff if chaos occurs this weekend.