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Thursday, August 26, 2004
The ACC has added some serious power to their football programs with the addition of Miami and Virginia Tech. On the other side of the country, the PAC10 remains pitiful, notwithstanding the fact that they have USC. In the mid-country we have the BigXII and the Big 10, er Big 11. Both conferences tend to have one or two good teams in a given year, sometimes even a national champion. I won't even mention the Conference-USA and Big East in football, nor the Mountain West, the Mid-America, and the Sunbelt.
Nope, the premier conference in college football, from top to bottom is the Southeastern Conference. My alma mater, Georgia, has resumed its rightful place near the very top of the football pyramid (although we had a long string of top twenty finishes before Coach Richt came to Athens). At the beginning of each football season the same old argument ensues, which conference is the best.
Beyond certain bowl games and inter-conference rivalries we would never have a head-to-head matchup from top to bottom, but it is tempting to fantasize. The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram printed their in-house rankings this past Sunday (Top 25 and the also-rans). Here's a breakdown of the aforementioned conferences.
A little self-serving, but I give a win to the team ranked three or more spots higher, and a pickem if the two teams are within two rankings. Probably a bit narrow in scope - on any given Saturday anything can happen. But even with a more strict determination of winning, the SEC comes out looking pretty good. The SEC brings home the bacon with the bottom of the conference being stronger than the others. Vanderbilt is ranked higher than Iowa State, Baylor, UNC, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, and Stanford, and a bunch of other schools? I didn't think Vanderbilt knew which end of the football to hold.
There is controversy, however. Here is at least one couterpoint.
How sweet it is! Bring on the pigskin and GO DAWGS!! SIC 'EM!! If anyone has extra Tennessee-Georgia tickets, let me know.
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