Which conference is # 2 in the nation in college football?

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Which conference is # 2 in the nation in college football?

When I ask this question I am acknowledging the fact that we can give the # 1 spot to the Southeastern Conference (SEC). There is no way to argue that case when the SEC holds the last 7 national trophies. Due to the SEC’s dominance in college football, including 9 BCS titles out of 15 title games ( 60%) we can safely say the SEC is # 1.

Let’s break down who is # 2…….

Big 10

Big Ten: Ohio State is the only team from the B10 to represent their conference in the title game. Nebraska, even though a current member was a member of the Big 12 when they advanced to the title game. The Buckeyes obtained 1 national title in a classic game against Miami in 2003. I am sure most of recall the pass interference call on Miami that helped the Buckeyes get another shot at scoring and thus sending the game to overtime. They were blasted by Florida in 2007 and LSU in 2008 in the other title games. Sorry Big Ten but Ohio State alone and 1 national title isn’t going to cut it to be # 2.

ACC

ACC: Teams represented in the BCS championship game are: Florida State (3x), Virginia Tech (1),  and Miami (2x but was previously a part of the Big East). The ACC has had ZERO appearances since 2003 in the BCS national championship game. Also, much of the ACC’s success can be credited to Miami and the Big East. Therefore, the Atlantic Coast Conference loses validity as the # 2 conference in the land.

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Independent: The fighting Irish are the only independent to play in a BCS national championship game. Last season, Notre Dame ran through a mediocre schedule and found itself in a battle of historically rich programs when it faced Alabama. The result was an embarrassing 42-14 defeat, proving that you have to player tougher teams than Pittsburgh if you want to compete for a national championship. I think we can rule out independents as national title contenders…sorry BYU and Idaho .

That leaves the final two contenders…..PAC 12 v. BIG 12…Who’s bringing home the bronze and who captures the silver?

In third place…..

Big 12

Big 12: Oklahoma (4), Texas (2), and Nebraska (1) combine for a total of 7 title game appearances with 2 championships. Nebraska has since defected to the Big Ten or B10 but was in the Big 12 when they went to the title game. Three different teams, even though both Oklahoma and Nebraska should not have been in the title game after losing in the Big 12 championship game, have been in the BCS championship game.  They have two national titles and the most appearances of any conference other then the SEC.   Two national titles are the closest to the SEC and that has to say something right?!  Nebraska, who again was crushed in the Big 12 championship by Colorado, was awarded a change at the title over Pac 12 champion Oregon only to be crushed by Miami in 2002. Likewise in 2004 Oklahoma, who was upset by Kansas State, was awarded a shot at the national title despite a 12-0 SEC Auburn team. Two opportunities were granted when they should not have been and that works against the Big 12.

Pac 12

Your # 2 conference is the Pac 12!

Both University of Southern California and Oregon have represented the Pacific Coast in the BCS championship game, with the Trojans winning one BCS title. Yes USC earned the AP title in 2003/4, but remember we are talking BCS not AP! The two BCS losses by USC and Oregon were in dynamite games.  USC fell to Vince Young’s Texas Longhorns in 2006 where the game was truly decide by whichever team had the ball last. Oregon lost in 2011 to eventual # 1 draft pick Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers.

So there you have it…….congrats Pac 12 your number 2!!!

Monday Morning Quarterback for October 21

Here are a few things that happened over the past weekend…..

Bell County gets a major win over Corbin.

This goes without saying, but this year’s Bell County’s football team has had a rough go of it.  Going into last Friday’s game with Corbin, Bell was in danger of having to start the first round of the playoffs on the road if they lost to Corbin.  Bell hasn’t played a first round playoff game on the road since playing at Rockcastle County in 2006.  Many people, including myself, had Corbin winning this game.  Corbin was coming into the game with just 1 loss (a close 7 point loss at Wayne County).

It is tough to beat Bell County at Log Mountain.  Bell County showed everyone why it is so tough.  Scoreless into the last seconds of the game, Bell scored on a 1 yard touchdown run with 16 seconds left to secure a 7-0 hard fought win over Corbin, and thus securing a first round home playoff game.  Coach Wayne Mills has done his best coaching job this year with his young team.  Bobcat pride still runs high on the Mountain!!

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The SEC may not be as top heavy as people might think.

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The SEC proved this past Saturday that it has a tough conference from top to bottom.  Several ranked conference teams took loses on Saturday.  Tennessee beats South Carolina on a last second field goal, as did Ole Miss over LSU.  Vandy beat a tough, but injury riddled Georgia team, as did Missouri over Florida.  Auburn goes into College Station and outlasts Johnny Football and the Aggies.  Only Alabama had an easy time of it as they blew out Arkansas for the second straight year.  If you know me, I am not a fan of the SEC, but it was great to see some these teams beat the “Heavyweights” this past weekend.

St. Louis and Boston for the World Series Title.

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Both St. Louis and Boston punched their tickets for the World Series with victories in game 6 of their respective League Championship Series’, the Cardinals over the Dodgers and the RedSox over the Tigers.  If the World Series is as good as the League Championships were, we are in for a great October Classic!!

Oh yeah, the University of Kentucky basketball team had their Big Blue Madness on Friday night at Rupp Arena.  Get ready for all of the drive for number 9 talk.  Lord knows I am….If you know me, I was just kidding there……

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Have yourself a great week!!!!!!!!!!

2013 NFL Draft by Conference

The 2013 National Football League Draft has come and gone.  Which conference sent more players on the the NFL via the draft this year?  Well, not a hard guess, but here are some numbers for you anyways!!

SEC  Once again, the SEC is one top with 63 total players selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. 

 

Pac 12  The PAC 12 came in 3rd with 28 players drafted.

Big 10  The Big 10 had 22 players drafted.  As so did the……..

Big 12 The Big 12 Conference.  And of the 6 BCS Conferences, bringing up the rear was the……..

Big East  Big East with 19 players drafted.

How good are the SEC’s numbers?  24.8 percent of those drafted this year came from the SEC.  33 of the first 99 players selected were from (you guessed it), the SEC.  It is the 7th straight year that the SEC has lead all conferences when it comes to NFL draft picks.  How many BCS titles have the SEC won in a row?…………..wait for it…………..Right!!!  7 in a row.  Is there a connection here?  You tell me.