by Jared Geoghan
Despite the upset of previously unbeaten Ole Miss last Saturday, the Southeastern Conference remains the cream of the crop of college football. If the SEC is so impressive now, one can only imagine how its stars’ abilities will translate to the next level.
With the launch of the SEC Network this August, part of a 20-year agreement with ESPN, the SEC reigns supreme over the Big Five conferences. Split into the East and West divisions, the conference boasts 5 out of the top 10 teams in the Associated Press rankings, according to espn.com. The second strongest conference, the Big 12, placed only 1 team in the top 10.
The conference is anchored by top-ranked Mississippi State, led by Heisman-hopeful quarterback Dak Prescott. Mississippi State is pursued by perennial power Alabama, 2013 BCS Runner-Up Auburn, as well as Ole Miss for SEC West supremacy, according to espn.com. The Rebels were upset by LSU on the road in Death Valley this week, further proving the SEC’s parity.
The Georgia Bulldogs, despite the suspension of stud running back Todd Gurley, remain at the top of the East division with their only blemish being a Week 2 loss to South Carolina.
With the new College Football Playoff of four teams, don’t be surprised if three represent the SEC, making it over the likes of Notre Dame and Oregon. No conference has ever been such a dominant force.