You hit the nail on the head. Another thing that pisses me off is that ESPN has created the perception that the SEC is untouchable. The SEC is a damn good football conference, don't get me wrong, but the hype machine for the SEC is always running on overdrive.
Casual fans aren't paying attention to us like we do. They hear things like "Georgia gets a tough win against Tennessee" and take that at face value.
They also hear about "Ohio State barely lucked out a controversial win against Northwestern (an actually ranked team)" and that is how their thoughts are framed.
ESPN could have reversed the arguments and said that Georgia lucked out against Tennessee and Ohio State won a tough game against Northwestern and given Ohio State a small measure of validation, but forget that...not in the best interests of the worldwide leader.
ESPN's college football crew constantly blasts our strength of schedule, but conveniently ignores Alabama's on the basis of their SEC status.
The cards are stacked against us. We're a team that is 18-0 under Urban Meyer, and ESPN tries to invalidate those wins as if we shouldn't bother celebrating our success.
People might claim I'm jealous of Alabama's success, and to some degree, I am. I am jealous and tired of the fact that Alabama gets this damn halo granted to them from the NCAA and ESPN and Ohio State gets treated like a red headed step child. I'm damn tired of it.