When it comes to college football, nobody can touch the SEC. Stand aside, lower your head and blah, blah blah ...
"I can't speak for the Pac-10 boys or the ACC,'' Jim Chaney said Wednesday, "but I'm sure they all get tired of hearing about the SEC.''
I'm sure they do, too. So do the Texas boys and the Florida State boys and the Ohio State boys. So do the Boise boys.
Chaney's been around, out west, Big Ten, the NFL. He's in year three of his current gig as Tennessee's offensive coordinator. So he knows what mayhem awaits Saturday when the Vols arrive at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to play Florida.
No offense Montana or Cincinnati, but it's what UT coach Derek Dooley calls big-boy football. As far as college football goes, it's the greatest show on earth.
Excuse me while I plagiarize the talk Commissioner Mike Slive gives every July to kick off the Media Days event which, by the way, attracts hundreds of media types from across the nation.
You can probably recite it yourself but here goes:
The SEC has won the past five national championships and is 7-0 in BCS Championship games, beginning with UT's win over Florida State in 1998.
It's not just about national championships. During the five-year title run the SEC is 8-2 in BCS bowls. No other league has more than four wins.
Take a bow fans, er, fanatics. The SEC leads the nation annually in attendance. Last year the average was 76,719 per game. League games played to 98.51 percent of capacity.
The teams are the best because the players are the best.
Three of the past four Heisman winners are from the SEC. Last year, besides the Heisman, an SEC player won the Jim Thorpe (defensive back), Ray Guy (punter), Davey O'Brien (quarterback), Mackey (tight end) and Lombardi (down lineman) awards.
Five of the top NFL draft picks were from the SEC. Of the 32 first-round selections, 10 were from the SEC. Incredible. Got to be a record.
No, actually, in 2007 there were 11 first-round picks from the SEC.
"Obviously,'' said Alex Bullard, "you've got to look at the facts.''
Bullard, an offensive lineman, began his career at Notre Dame and transferred to UT this year.
"There are good players and good programs all over the country,'' said Bullard, "but the SEC has been dominant. We all know that.''
Another UT lineman, Zach Fulton, is from Illinois, the heart of Big Ten country. When Tennessee took an interest in Fulton, he took an interest in playing in the nation's most demanding conference.
"I could definitely see it was the best,'' Fulton said. "And it's definitely lived up to it.''
So Saturday it's back to big-boy football. Everything will cranked up a notch from the week before.
"It's going to be different, across the board,'' said defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox. "The o-line, tight end, fullbacks, tailbacks, wideouts, they're all bigger and faster.''
Different across the board. In so many ways.
"Just the atmospheres you play in,'' said Chaney. "Football is so doggone important down here and the kids feel it, the pressure to win and have success.''
And if you want to argue that point in Ann Arbor or Austin or Eugene, well, obviously, you've got to look at the facts.