Ok, let me set the stage before everyone jumps on me. Prior to Alabama's loss to ATM, my perfect NT game was KSU vs Oregon. I didn't want Notre Dame getting in as we typically compete for a lot of the same recruits and their fans would be insufferable if they won or even got into the NCG. And I most certainly didn't want Alabama and the SEC to potentially claim another title. KSU, well they're not a big brand name program and we usually don't get into recruiting wars with them. Oregon, more of the same . . . except they have a lot more going for them.
So I was wholeheartedly rooting for ATM as they took down Bama. I was doing a little jig when I realized that there was a pretty solid chance that this NCG would be without any SEC representation. As I started to wrap my brain around this, a nasty little thought started making it's way around my mind. What would happen if two SEC teams finish with one loss and ranked in the top five? And it's entirely possible and maybe even likely that two SEC teams could finish the season with one loss and in the top five. Florida, Georgia, and Alabama won't face each other before the SEC CG. So we could see Florida and either Alabama or Georgia could finish without any additional losses.
There would be a lot of pressure to get one of those teams into the NCG, even if there were still at least two undefeated and eligible teams left. And what happens if the SEC gets left out and both of the SEC BCS teams demolish their opponents while the NCG is ugly or a blowout? Since they wouldn't be SEC teams, an ugly 6-3 game wouldn't be automatically labeled as the game of the century but would be viewed as those teams just weren't that great. There'd be even more noise clamoring that one of the SEC teams should've been in the NCG. And the SEC could be crowned AP champions despite not being represented in the NT game. At the very least, in the future there could be even more pressure for a one loss SEC team to get into the title game over an undefeated BCS conference team. And who here wants that? Especially when starting next year that undefeated team could be Ohio State.
This might not come to pass, the SEC teams could all stumble either before or in the BCS bowl games. I mean raise your hands if you honestly deep down thought that Bama would lose to ATM? I know I didn't. Sure I was hoping they could and I thought they had an outside shot at pulling the upset. But I thought that Bama's best chance to lose a game was against LSU, the SEC CG, or the NCG. Now I figure that it might be better if a couple of the undefeateds go down and Alabama, Florida, or Georgia get into the title game only to lose to say Oregon or KSU. There wouldn't be any noise about how the SEC should be in the title game or how one of them should be champions depending on how the NCG goes.
Auburn getting left out in 2004 triggered some controversy and helped future SEC teams get the benefit of the doubt. I don't want that happening again. I'd rather the SEC get their shot and come up short so that there wouldn't any more grumblings from SEC quarters. Next year Urban Meyer can kick some SEC butt, but I'll settle for Oregon or KSU doing that this year. What are your guys' thoughts on this?