DALLAS -- Perhaps we have reached a point in the evolution of college football where the Southeastern Conference should quit wasting its time and just join the NFC where it belongs. The only concern would be whether those teams could remain under the $120 million salary cap.
No one else outside of the SEC can apparently beat Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Arkansas and the rest. To hear the SEC spin, Vanderbilt would win any other league title but its own.
Because the NFL appears reluctant to add all 12 SEC teams, it leaves this de facto pro league having to play someone outside of its sphere of dominance in order to claim a national title.
Maybe, however, the SEC is just that much better than every other conference.
"No. No. No. No. I don't believe all the hype," Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis said during Big 12 Media Days Tuesday.
Oklahoma might have as good a team as any to take away a national title that appears to have gained permanent residency in the SEC. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops needs to take it away. Or Mack Brown. Or Gary Patterson. Or Chip Kelly. Someone needs to do this.
Consider this as national mandate to all of college football to put an end to this SEC cycle of arrogance and win the next BCS title, if for no other reason than to shut up the southeastern portion of this great country as the alleged "perfectors" of all things college football.
The SEC has won the past five national titles, has cornered the market on paying coaches (and players?) and expanding facilities and really has every reason to crow. When it comes to "amateur" football, it is the best.
The SEC has won five consecutive national title games by an average margin of 14 points. The only one of those five games that looked closer than the actual score was Auburn's three-point win against Oregon where the Ducks did everything possible just to hang on.
The conference has collectively made the rest of America, outside of USC's well-paid bunch under Pete Carroll, look slow, small and weak.
"I'm always tired of hearing it, but until we go out and do something about it, I guess they can keep talking because they've won the last few national championships," Lewis said. "We have to walk the walk before we can go talk."
While the rest of the nation fell in love with trickery, gimmicks and toys, the SEC pretty much remains rooted in the ancient philosophy of running the ball, and killing people on defense.
Some SEC games feature hits that look like something out of an EA sports video game.
It used to be the very best athletes on a college team played on offense. In the NFL, the best athletes are on defense. It's one of the many reasons why Steve Spurrier flopped as an NFL head coach.
The SEC has followed suit and put its most athletic players on defense to chase down ball carriers and dismember quarterbacks.
"They are going to win a lot of their games defensively; they are going to stop people and, when their offense has a bad day, their defense is going to get them out of that jam," said Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville, who was a career SEC guy before coming to Lubbock.
"In the Big 12, coaches say, 'We're going to outscore people.' I come from the old school, as does Bob Stoops. He's a defensive guy."
Tuberville does not believe the talent level is that much higher in the SEC than the Big 12. He said there are better offensive skill players in the Big 12 than that league. Defensively, however, no one can argue that teams such as Alabama, LSU and the rest crank out college football's most menacing defensive players.
Who can stop this SEC arrogance?
Oklahoma might have as good a chance as any. I'm not buying Oregon with its mess. Can you envision Stanford winning a BCS title, even with Andrew Luck?
Boise State? No.
Ohio State? Not now.
While my preference is for a Texas school to do this, given the way the teams look this season the best chance is Oklahoma. The Sooners have the preseason responsibility to carry the flag for the rest of the nation to end to all of this SEC "We-Invented-Football" chatter.
"Someone else needs to win it for that to happen," Bob Stoops said. "It's our job as other conferences, or other schools, to win it. And then you can claim it."
One more national football championship for the SEC and it'll be playing the Dallas Cowboys in 2012.
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