I was rooting for Clemson last night... and I have no particular affinity for Clemson. Alabama's program is really, really good to win 4 of these NC's in 7 years. It's ridiculous. You have to tip your cap, but no one likes the guys who win too much - outside of their fans. Except in the SEC where, say, Kentucky and Vanderbilt fans feel justified in sticking out their chests with pride that they are in the same conference as Bama.
It's not like Bama is so far above the rest of CFB that they can't be beaten - as The Ohio State Univ proved last year. Literally a play or two last night, and Clemson is the national champion, and we are all talking about whether Bama will ever win another championship under Satan. There's a lot of over-reaction going on.
I don't mind saying that the SEC is a fine conference. I think the B1G is coming, and I can see in a few years where the B1G East is the best division in football. But who cares? Big whoop. If Sparty or scUM or Ped State wins the next NC for the B1G, it's not like that's going to make me happy. Alabama is elite (and is amassing wins and championships at an all time rate). No one else in that conference really awes me. LSU, the Miss schools, Auburn, and TA&M are good CFB programs, but nothing approaching dominant. Arkansas alternates between a train wreck and very good - from season to season and even within seasons. The SEC East? Lol. I'll take the B1G West against those guys. Georgia is a perennial under-achiever. S Carolina has never won at the highest levels. Kentucky and Vandy are bottom dwellers. Everyone admires what Pinkel did at Mizzou, but what did they really do? I have never seen them on the big stage. Tenn and Fla are coming, but there is only one team that Ohio State would not be a TD or more favorite against in that league - and we know who that is. So, this SEC pride thing (based almost solely on what Alabama has accomplished) is a real head-scratcher.
Come up to the Midwest in November and play a game against a quality B1G opponent in their stadium in snow and cold then we will see what kind of football teams you have. Otherwise, they are nothing but a bunch of fair-weather programs (pun intended) who play a conference schedule over-inflated by the media, and a bunch of non-conference games that the Little Sisters would be ashamed of. Bama has plenty of reason to stick it's chest out and crow. The rest of them should be quiet because they are embarrassing themselves.