John Adams: SEC plan is give 'em six

John Adams
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LSU coach Les Miles holds up the national championship trophy after the Tigers beat Ohio State 38-24 at the Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 7, 2008.

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Chuck Burton/Associated Press LSU coach Les Miles holds up the national championship trophy after the Tigers beat Ohio State 38-24 at the Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 7, 2008.

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Auburn coach Gene Chizik holds up the trophy after a 22-19 victory over Oregon on Jan. 10, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz.

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Alabama coach Nick Saban, left, holds the trophy with Mark Ingram in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 7, 2010.

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Chris Carlson/Associated Press Alabama coach Nick Saban, left, holds the trophy with Mark Ingram in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 7, 2010.

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Humility has no place on the cover of a media guide. So no one should be surprised that the SEC chose a huge No. 5 for the centerpiece of its cover.

As you might have heard, the conference has won five consecutive national championships in football. And now that it has one for the thumb, a six-pack hardly seems farfetched.

Not only would that be historic. It would conserve creative energy in choosing a cover for the 2012 media guide. All you would have to do is replace the 5 with a 6.

That's almost as easy as SEC teams have made it look in some of the recent national championship games.

The question looming over college football: What can anybody do about it?

Answer: Forget about beating the SEC; just hope the conference beats itself.

SEC outsiders should be encouraged by the preseason publications. Read enough of them and you might assume the conference is too good for its own good.

Alabama is getting plenty of No. 1 attention, just as it did last year about this time. But LSU also appears quite capable of competing for a national title, and it's in the same division as Alabama.

So is Arkansas, which could be even better than last season when it went 10-3 while beating LSU and losing to Alabama by only four points.

SEC loyalists might reach a different conclusion after considering the conference's strength. Hint: Remember the Florida vs. South Carolina final in the College World Series?

The last thing the rest of college football wants to think about is an All-SEC national championship game in New Orleans next January. Those five consecutive titles have been hard enough to stomach without a win-win championship game for the conference that can't seem to lose.

Sure, it's unlikely. But it's not out of the question if the league plays up to its preseason billing and the non-conference schedule provides as many opportunities as the preseason rankings suggest.

Oregon, Florida State and Boise State are consensus top-10 picks, and they're in the top five in a number of preseason polls. All three play SEC teams.

Texas A&M, which is on the periphery of most top 10s, and West Virginia, which is the favorite to win the Big East, also have SEC teams on their schedules.

LSU likely will be favored in its games against Oregon and West Virginia. Arkansas' game in Arlington, Texas, against Texas A&M will be a toss-up. Georgia should be an underdog against Boise State in their season opener in the Georgia Dome as should Florida against Florida State in their regular-season finale in Gainesville.

But suppose the SEC wins four or five of those games. And suppose there's not an unbeaten team left standing from BCS conferences after the second week of December.

If two SEC teams are among those with only one loss, how could you exclude either one of them from the championship game?

The rest of college football just put its hands over its ears and started humming loudly.

Pulling for Oklahoma and Virginia Tech might be more productive. The Sooners have no shortage of talent, and the Hokies play a schedule that was designed with an unbeaten season in mind.

Now, all they have to do is go unbeaten while the SEC beats itself. As tough as that might sound, it's not as tough as beating the SEC in the national championship game.

You don't have to look past the cover of the conference's media guide to see that.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns.

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Comments » 14

crutch1966 writes:

i think s.c may be overrated. and i pray the vols are underrated.

chattavfl86 writes:

in response to Papermate_Chinese_Bandit:

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The evil genius has a qb that chokes like a fat kid on a hot dog. Ill be in neyland oct. 29th. Its my birthday. We will see who gets owned. GBO!

TheOpinion writes:

Am I the only one that reads all of Adams' columns in a sarcastic voice?

ETownVol writes:

in response to TheOpinion:

Am I the only one that reads all of Adams' columns in a sarcastic voice?

nope!

CoverOrange writes:

For there to be two SEC teams in the BCS title game, it would either be a repeat of the SECCG or somebody in the SEC gets to the title game w/o going through the SECCG. The AP voters will see that coming a mile away and make sure it doesn't happen, computers be darned.

thetrollhunter writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Put your pants back on you weirdo.

ReVolver writes:

in response to thetrollhunter:

Put your pants back on you weirdo.

i lol'd

DroopyDrawers writes:

in response to TheOpinion:

Am I the only one that reads all of Adams' columns in a sarcastic voice?

No, I scan, don't read because of the way he writes. Next he will say it will be Vandy against the worst of the West for a Championship.

The donations would mountains high if he would just leave town.

Huttdawg100 writes:

in response to thetrollhunter:

Put your pants back on you weirdo.

Hilarious

hamneggs writes:

The BCS doesn't control who plays in their championship game. It is based on cumputer polls the AP and strendth of schedule calculations. That is why the BCS was started and the SEC has won 5 strait and 7 of the 13 BCS Championships. In the pre BCS days the south was snubbed by a northern sports media that limited SEC participation in national championships. The BCS has made college football fair thus benefiting the SEC.

hamneggs writes:

Have we noticed that Tennessee is playing the three west div teams in Adam,s scenario. I don,t feel so bad about our out of conference schedule any more.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

The SEC has been well-represented in BCS title games, and that is proof that it is the most powerful conference in college football..No matter which team you like and which teams you dislike, it is good whenever a team from the SEC is represented in the BCS title game.

There are people that trash the Vols in every way possible, but NOTHING can change the fact that they were the first team to win the NC in the first ever BCS National Championship game.You can say that people have forgotten because it was a long time ago or whatever, but it still happened and you can't change that.

Smokey is still on the prowl for another BCS trophy in the future(yes, he knows it may be a while, but never say never)..

murrayvol writes:

in response to thetrollhunter:

Put your pants back on you weirdo.

Well put. :{)

thetrollhunter writes:

in response to Huttdawg100:

Hilarious

muchas gracias

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