Friday, January 8, 2010

That would be four . . .

We can argue about the number of national titles. But this is irrefutable:


Four crowns in a row for the SEC.

It wasn't pretty, but neither is Nick Saban.

More to come in the morning.

mg

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

You can argue plenty when there are other undefeated teams and you can play in a BS system that gives you an unfair advantage.

Anonymous said...

Have the absolute blowouts that have been suffered by 'great' undefeated teams in the post season the last few years taught you nothing?

Anonymous said...

way to go Mississippi State fans! You guys really earned it!!

Anonymous said...

If winning your conference puts you in the championship game, of course you're going to win a lot of national championships.

Most people agree the SEC is the toughest conference but, they don't win 4 in a row in a real football (playoff) format.

Michael said...

Don't come here looking for a defense of the status quo.

Every true football fan I know wants a playoff. In the meantime, no conference in the country separates the wheat from the chaff like the SEC.

And they're guaranteed a spot in the BCS championship game? Oh right, that's because they've never lost it.

bama brother said...

The carping started before Nick Saban got pinked. Alabama has an "asterisk" championship because Texas was greviously wounded, because the Horns dropped some passes, did not get some calls, etc. Football is a most imperfect game; the speed and clusters of colliding bodies make it hard for refs to get everything right. But did anyone foresee Colt McCoy's injury? He himself said afterward that he has been hit like that a number of times during his career and had not been hurt. Of course his injury changed the game, the way both teams played the game, and while I'll give Texas credit for mounting a comeback that had me bleeding Crimson bullets, I'll also give Alabama credit for making some championship plays. Now for some sleep and peaceful dreams. Gary Elvis, are you there?

Anonymous said...

Let's Not forget Auburn having a legit claim to a National Championship in 2004, either.

Anonymous said...

Correction: the last four teams to win the national title have played in the SEC. The SEC did not in fact win the national title. That would imply that Kentucky, Vandy, S. Car, Ole Miss, Auburn, UGA, Florida etc had anything to do with bama winning this game.

Yes the SEC is the best football conference without a doubt. But the arrogance of the other 11 teams within the conference to claim a national title is disgusting.

Mike said...
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J said...

After the Tennessee game, at which time I said 'Bama was going to win it all, one piece of evidence I cited was that the Tide was getting all the breaks. You can be good, but you also have to have good fortune (see Auburn, 2004, Utah, 2004 and 2008, Boise State, 2009) to end up on top of the heap. McCoy getting hurt was one of those fortunate breaks for the Tide. They deserve no astrisk for the win. They won every game on their schedule, playing in the toughest conference, and deserve the title. (Gawd, that hurts for an Auburn guy to say!)

I will say that I hope some genious computer geek devises a great simulation that could offer us a peek at what a 'Bama-Boise State game would have looked like, since it turned out BSU had a pretty stout defense themselves.

The Equalizer said...

Say what you will Bama fans...you all know that you were handed a bittersweet gift last night. The better team DID NOT win last night.

Anonymous said...

It may sound arogant that the SEC fanbases feel a sense of pride when one member of the conferense wins it all, but I would argue that the competition in the SEC is what has made the last 4 national champions. From the off season battle for top recruits to the hiring big name coaches to run the programs. Each SEC team doesn't have the luxury of playing 5 or 6 cupcakes games out of a schedule , so you've got to be much better than average to win the SEC.

True I would rather my team to be the one winning it all, but knowing how tough it is to win for the rest of us, it would be really be discusting to have an undefeated SEC NOT play for it all (like Auburn 2004).

For those of you that think a play off would help elimate the dominance of the SEC, I say bring it on. This year was down, but on average you'd have LSU, Florida, Alamaba, (with rotations of Tennessee, Missippi and UGA) in an 8 team play off mix. Ok, so now this year's National Championship game is Florida vs. Alabama.

Congrats to Bama! You guys had a great season!!

Anonymous said...

The better team did not win last night? Are you kidding? The better team was the one who barely beat Nebraska and almost blew it because of quarterback stupidity? The better team DID win last night. And Colt McCoy coming back in would not have many any difference.

The Equalizer said...

Hey, I'm sure Bama would have preferred to win with Colt in there...no sour grapes here. All I'm saying is the Tide looked completely unhinged (i.e. 6-0 easily could have been 14-0) and Texas was putting the hammer down on 'em. Saban sure would have been blasted for the utterly stupid fake punt/interception call. I applaud the Bama fans who realize they got an extremely lucky break last night. Those who think Bama was a far superior team are clueless...you came damned close to losing with a true freshman at the helm. No excuses, just facts.

Anonymous said...

if mccoy was playing so good then why did he not score a td with a short field? mccoy made 2 passes for 9 whole yards.

Anonymous said...

Not sure what the unfair advantage could be in the SEC... unlike some other BCS conferences, we play a conference championship - one more game to win or lose. If USC or Ohio State go undefeated, they are automagically in the BCS title game - without having to play an additional game against another top team in their conference (and I use the words "top team" loosely in the case of the Big10 and Pac10).
Don't hate because SEC fans have conference loyalty...

Anonymous said...

For those "sour grapes Texas fans" Yes Bama is far superior! You play in a conference where you only need to beat 2 or three pretty good teams. I doubt seriously if Texas is undefeated after playing Va. Tech, Florida (which we completely dominated), Ole Miss, (Ranked 4th at the time) Auburn, ( in state Rival) and LSU, (never a slouch), and the rest of the SEC. Enough said!


And for the record, Alabama has won now our 13th National Title dating back to the 20's. I have a watch that has all the 12 pevious years where the numerals usually are! Now we have a bakers dozen! No team has more! Get your own watch Texas!

Anonymous said...

Think about this! First and goal at the 1,, 3 points, and another 3 points after an interception, of a fake punt attempt, Then we took over! I don't think Colt McCoy plays defense. And Remember it was our defense that took him out! You have to play with the cards you are dealt. Yes we took a nap in the second half. but when things got serious, we took the game back with defense, and scored twice again!, If there had been another 15 minutes, it would have only gotten worse! Roll Tide!

Michael said...

A couple of points:

1. Greg McElroy had two cracked ribs from the Florida game that he seriously reinjured before the Rose Bowl. Check out the way he played against Florida vs. what he showed against Texas. Rolando McClain had catheters in his arm before the game and at half to counter his flu.

2. Texas, first and goal from the one, and they can't score a TD.

Alabama, first and goal from the three. If the Horns hold us to a field goal, they're still in the game. Touchdown Alabama.

Sure, Alabama would have rather played Texas at full strength. We would have preferred being at full strength, too.

But as they say in parts of Texas, Alabama and the Carolinas: Dems breaks.