The SEC Must Lose. (TUP 2011 BCS National Title Preview)
Earlier this year, we decided both Oregon and Auburn would be extremely likable national champions. October 26, 2010 -- go:
What I'd really want to see more than anything -- and Ryan's on board, too -- is an Auburn and Oregon national title game.So there you go. Both teams, deep down, would be pretty solid to have as winners.
Oregon asses agree.
But what would TUP college football coverage be without digging deeper (too deep?) and bitching about the SEC (mandated)? It must be done.
So let's nitpick. Why should you root against Auburn in this game?
ESS. EEE. SEE.
Yeah, everybody's favorite heavenly football conference absolutely demolished the Big Ten on New Year's Day. And as much as I want to make excuses about home-field disadvantage, having two BCS teams messing up the slotting order in bowls because the Big Ten has no conference title game, and all of the usual crap, I'd rather just suck it up and admit the Big Ten pretty much blew ass. That's fine. But let's not pen in the SEC as top dogs yet (as they're always presumed to be). A quick look at 2010-11 overall bowl records by conference, though January 8:
Any... win-loss record on there stand out to you?
Wait... 4-5? Isn't that...
...YES IT IS.
Are you serious?! Two spots away?! Screw you, SEC! Yes, a win by Auburn tonight would only bring the SEC up to .500 in bowl play. But maybe that's inevitable when you send ten different teams to bowl games. Insane. And you know how people always rip on the Big East for sucking so mightily year in and year out? They'll finish at 4-2 this year. And as Doc Saturday pointed out, after Kentucky's loss to Pitt the SEC is now 13-17 against the Big East since 2001. Unreal.
The flip side: the arguments for the SEC in the BCS national title game are strong. The SEC has never lost in the BCS-era national title game, and they've won the last four in a row. ESPN's Ivan Maisel lists "SEC" as the No. 1 reason Auburn will win tonight. Over Cam Newton, who is listed at No. 2. The conference is more important than the Heisman winner.
Ugh, so horrible.
To make matters worse, the Southern morons continued their tradition of buffoonery in the Sugar Bowl last week, chanting "SEC!" during pre-game when the teams took the field. Seriously, imagine if the Big Ten did this. Northwestern's playing Missouri in some random bowl with NU students and alum chanting "Big Ten! Big Ten! BIG TEN!"
They wouldn't do this. Because it is stupid. These people should not get a pass.
Hey, if Cam Newton wrecks shit tonight, I'll enjoy it just as much as you probably should (mobile, big, athletic QBs rule), and Auburn really isn't the worst of the worst, but really, you should probably be rooting for Oregon to win the game from the start. Big picture, it's for the best.
We must put an end to this insufferability. Or, at the very least, put a dent in its armor.
Bobby Loesch is the assistant editor of Tremendous Upside Potential. He can be reached at bobbyloesch [at] gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @bobbystompy.