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SEC: Suddenly Exposed Conference?

New columnist Andrew Green examines what went wrong for the SEC over the weekend.

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The BCS did a lot of good for college football beyond pitting #1 and #2 together at the end of the season.

But it also had some negative consequences, headlined by the constant politicking by coaches, ADs, and former players.  The king of the BCS era was the SEC, but over the past few years, we have sensed a trend that they were falling back to the rest of the pack.  They haven’t had a national champion in two seasons.  Their NFL draft dominance has been decreasing year over year.

Yet when you looked at the AP Top 25 going into week two, there were 10 SEC teams staring you in the face, and  Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema let everyone know about it when he bashed Ohio State’s schedule.

"Ohio State's ranked No. 1 and they have one game remaining on their schedule that has anybody ranked right now — Michigan State. We're going to play eight straight opponents that are ranked."

Then week two happened.

Sixth-ranked Auburn needed overtime to beat FCS opponent Jacksonville State.  Jeremy Johnson went 21-32 and threw two interceptions in what was his second straight average game.  The Gamecocks had two passes caught within a toe tap of winning in regulation and moving to a second overtime, respectively.

Florida had a seven-point win against East Carolina, and #21 Missouri beat Arkansas State by the same margin.  #23 Tennessee lost in overtime, at home, to Oklahoma in OT.

The SEC may have gone 3-1 in the aforementioned games, but they hurt themselves as each result went final.

And that isn’t even the worst of it.

Arkansas, ranked #18, lost to MAC foe Toledo.  The Golden Flashes trailed for a total of 6:46, beating Arkansas from start to finish.  Coming on the heels of Bielema’s comment, this result is the ultimate in SEC embarrassment.

All told the SEC went 6-2 in week two against non-SEC opponents, but two of their six wins were against FCS opponents, and they failed to beat a Power 5 team.  Three of their ranked teams lost.  The others didn’t impress.

The SEC could very well be the best conference in the country.  They are littered with talent.  They have national title contenders.  They have gone 18-3 against non-SEC opponents; the best of any Power 5 conference.  But as we sit two weeks into the season, there is little proof that the SEC is the dominant force they once were.  They still have a lot of work to do to be crowned the kings of college football, and weeks like this past one will do nothing but fuel the anti-SEC fire.