January 7, 2014

HURT: SEC not in top form, still best league

So the season has ended, and The Streak ended with it.

Florida State finally snapped the Southeastern Conference's long run of dominance in the BCS National Championship Game. But, in doing so, did the Seminoles "prove" that SEC superiority is a myth? Has the SEC been eclipsed? Should the SEC logo be buried beneath a modest headstone in some semi-weedy cemetery, mourned only by the immediate family?

Such a ceremony would be premature.

Florida State is the champion, fair and square. The Seminoles beat Auburn, the SEC champ, which, despite all the "miracle" talk, deserved the title. FSU is a deserving champion, but not a dominant one. The Seminoles battled Auburn on roughly the same terms as several SEC teams did, but made one more drive, one more defensive stop, one more 102-yard kickoff return. Auburn had its chances and didn't capitalize on them all.

Unlike some recent BCS title games, though, one didn't sense this was a mismatch. Florida State was very good, but the SEC contains a few very good teams which, on a given Saturday, perhaps on their home field, could have given the Seminoles a run. There were still four SEC teams among the nation's top seven (AU, Alabama, Missouri and South Carolina).

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