The last couple of years culminated in Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide hoisting the NCAA Championship Trophy. The last seven years have seen that trophy be awarded to an SEC team winning the title. Will the 2013-2014 college football season be any different? Shall another SEC team (possibly ‘Bama again) prove to be supreme over the rest of college football?
The majority of college football experts and coaches seem to think the Tide will Roll all over again in 2013-2014. The A.J. McCarron-quarterbacked Alabama is the #1 ranked school according to ESPN’s Power Rankings, the USA Today Poll, and the Associated Press’s Top 25.
In another illustration of how experts feel this year will be no different from previous campaigns in terms of Southeastern Conference domination, Six of the top 13 ranked teams in both of the major college football polls are from the SEC—Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas A&M, LSU, and Florida.
Arguably, the largest threat to the SEC in 2013-2014 is the Ohio State Buckeyes, coached by Urban Meyer. The Ohio State University went 12-0 in 2012-2013 despite being ineligible for a postseason berth due to NCAA sanctions stemming from violations incurred during Jim Tressel’s time at OSU. The Buckeyes also received three #1 votes in the USA Today poll and one in the Associated Press’ survey.
Only Georgia and Texas A&M received other #1 votes. The Aggies for one reason primarily—Johnny Manziel who has had his share of misadventures with Indianapolis (The NCAA) this year. South Carolina’s Gamecocks are also expected to be a team well under the microscope this year by NFL scouts considering the league’s draft experts are already projecting Jadaveon Clowney to be the number one pick.
Any upgrade the Jaguars, Raiders, or Cardinals can get, they should take.
Also, this will be the last year of the Bowl Championship Series before Division I college football finally joins the 21st century and institutes a playoff format. It will only feature four teams when it starts in 2014-2015, but likely will expand in the future. After all, the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments didn’t start at 64 teams. 16 teams is where I’d personally like to see it expand to.
In this final year of the BCS, I see no reason why things will change in terms of SEC dominance. There’s a reason ESPN’s giving this conference its own network in 2014. Barring injuries, of course, Alabama will win their third consecutive National Championship as they defeat…the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Football is back. Those three words alone are music to the ears of most sports fans, including us here at Section 215.
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