The SEC's football superiority is now taken for granted. So no one is apt to ask at this week's SEC Football Media Days: "Can you make it seven in a row?"
A question like that could get you laughed out of the room or maybe even banned from next year's media gala in Birmingham, Ala.
We're way past speculation on whether the SEC is capable of extending its national championship streak. It's just a matter of which conference school will add a Waterford Crystal football to its trophy case.
A good guess: One from the West.
Since the national championship theme has become a cliché, journalists have been forced to search elsewhere for media-days topics. I've come up with a few of my own.
Mike Slive's Graciousness: The SEC commissioner could have been heavy-handed in the discussions and debates to determine a suitable playoff format beginning in 2014. Instead, he was on board with the majority of administrators, who favor a four-team playoff field to be determined by a selection committee.
He could have gone rogue and insisted that a four-team playoff should be comprised of the top two teams from the SEC and the top two teams from the rest of the country.
Arkansas' Throwing Game: I'm not referring to the passing prowess of quarterback Tyler Wilson. I'm talking about the Razorbacks' coaches, past and present.
Former coach Bobby Petrino threw away millions of dollars when he was fired for hiring his mistress and lying about it to his boss.
Petrino was replaced by John L. Smith, who also threw away millions — in Kentucky land deals gone bad. He announced last week that he planned to declare bankruptcy.
But at least he has a job.
Bad Dawgs: If someone told you an SEC football player was arrested last night, you probably would have asked, "From Georgia, huh?"
The Bulldogs have surpassed Tennessee as the conference program most likely to have a football player arrested or suspended. The most recent bad Dawg is running back Isaiah Crowell, who was kicked off the team in late June after police found a handgun under his driver's seat.
In the interest of fair and balanced reporting, it's worth noting that none of the three players representing Georgia at media days has ever served hard time. It's also worth noting that no Georgia player has ever been arrested while attending media days.
Thanks, Tigers: Tennessee suffered through a 1-7 conference season and an embarrassing loss to Kentucky in 2011. But for all the immediate criticism heaped on the Vols, they can be grateful for LSU's epic meltdown on a national stage.
As bad as UT looked in the season-ending loss to Kentucky, no one outside the Vols' rooting section had more than a vague recollection of their incompetence after watching LSU fail to gain 100 yards in a 21-0 loss to Alabama in the national championship game.
For the record, the Vols gained more than 100 yards on both Alabama and Kentucky.
Getting Offensive: The SEC's reputation for superb defense is decades in the making. But don't let that blind you to the influx of offense.
SEC rookies Texas A&M and Missouri have offensive-minded head coaches. So does Ole Miss, which replaced Houston Nutt with Hugh Freeze.
Another new offensive coach worth mentioning is Florida coordinator Brent Pease, who is best known for helping Boise State ring up points at a dazzling pace. He also was Kentucky's offensive coordinator in 2002 when the Wildcats scored 30 or more points on both LSU and Florida while averaging 32 points per game for the season.
QB Questions: Since the league will return many of its starting quarterbacks, it's reasonable to expect an overall upgrade at the position. But there are still quarterback questions even at the elite level.
Can Wilson be as effective without Petrino calling his plays or without the three wide receivers he lost to the NFL? Can Georgia's Aaron Murray cut down on his interceptions? Can Missouri star James Franklin bounce back from the injury to his throwing shoulder suffered in spring practice? Can South Carolina's Connor Shaw stay healthy with all the running and passing that's required of him?