As college football fans, perhaps you've heard fans of SEC (South Eastern Conference) schools talk about the difficult schedules that their teams have to play within the conference. Or perhaps you've heard them brag about the fact that a SEC team has won the last seven BCS National Championship. There are those who have gone so far as to say, "The team that wins the SEC Championship this year will go on to win the National Championship." And of course this has been the case for almost a decade. Now, perhaps you're a fan of a team (or nowadays teams) in the SEC, and you've been guilty of bragging about the SEC in recent years, whatever the case may be, here are three reasons why all fans of SEC teams don't have bragging rights.
1. Championship Success Has Not Been Conference Wide
Of the 14 teams in the SEC, only four schools have had their share of the National Championship in the last seven years. Those teams are the: Alabama Crimson Tide (3 titles), Auburn Tigers (1 title), Florida Gators (2 titles), and LSU Tigers (1 title). This means that, 10 out of the 14 SEC schools (now including Texas A&M and Missouri) have not won a National Championship of their own since the beginning of this SEC's college football championship run which started back in 2006. Mathematically speaking, 71% of SEC schools have not won a title within this seven year period, many of which have struggled to have a winning record. Therefore, fans of teams like the: Georgia Bulldogs (sorry Coach Richt), Kentucky Wildcats, South Carolina Gamecocks, and Tennessee Volunteers etc. really don't have much to brag about when it comes to SEC football, because they have not won a championship in the last seven years. Furthermore, there are teams in the SEC that may never win a National Championship.
2. Championship Or Bust
Many fans of SEC football teams that have not won the championship in recent years have a tendency to look for moral victories by bragging on the conference (SEC) as a whole. Most of them do this to try to negate the fact that their team(s) have had very little success in recent years. For example, at this particular barber shop in Knoxville, TN, one of the barbers there is a die hard UT Fan (University of Tennessee). Now it doesn't take a Rocket Scientist to know that UT Football hasn't been up to par for some time now. But instead of him being quite about the matter, this guy insists on bragging on the SEC, as if the Vols have made a major contributions to the SEC's football success in recent years. So many fans have lower their expectations of their teams, and have elected to brag on the conference when it should be championship or bust. In other words, if your team does not win the national championship that season should be a bust regardless of what conference their in.
3. Championship Teams And Their Fans Brag On The Team
For the most part, the fans of the teams in the SEC that have won a National Championship during SEC's dominant run don't brag on the conference, nor do they have too, because their team has won the title. And when your team has won the title, you don't brag on the conference, you brag on the team. However, if the fans of those championship teams want to brag on the SEC surely they have a right too. But if you're not a fan of the: Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, Florida Gators, and/or LSU Tigers you really don't have bragging rights when it comes to the SEC's championship reign.