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Texas A&M Beats Alabama: What’s Next for the SEC

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John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE


The unthinkable has happened for the SEC

As the state of Alabama mourns, those around Manhattan, Kansas, South Bend, Indiana, and Eugene, Oregon, are dancing in the streets because it seems the big bad BCS wolf is finally dead.

Oh the joy throughout the Big 12 and Pac 12

(yeah… the ACCBig 10 and the Big East still don’t count)

But just as this sports writer predicted the 15th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies upset of the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, there is more fortune telling that needs to be done.

So despite what everyone will say, the SEC far from dead…

In fact, Alabama losing might actually be the best thing that could have happened for the conference as a whole…

(let the screaming begin in 3… 2… 1…)

Just think about it for a second…

A&M is now considered elite and their strength of schedule will shoot through the roof.

Alabama might actually gain points in some areas despite the loss because the computers just love what the SEC brings to its motherboards.

Yes, an undefeated Oregon Ducks, Kansas State Wildcats or Notre Dame Fighting Irish will jump ahead in the BCS for a week or so, but, if the SEC teams keep winning, one or two losses will not hurt the most powerful conference in the history of College Football.

What everyone forgets is that the BCS is an algorithm.

It is not Athletic Directors and Presidents sitting at a table like in College Basketball

It is not fans voting…

It is a formula…

And one the SEC has perfected…

Just think about what just happened in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The country just witnessed how big, fast and talented A&M is…

Everyone already knew how big, fact and talented Bama was…

And A.J. McCarron now has a running mate for the Heisman Trophy in Johnny Manziel.

Oh and the power ranking of the Florida Gators, LSU Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs just increased as well.

So as the rest of the College Football world pops the champagne to celebrate the death of the SEC, be warned…

The season isn’t over and the computer still has three weeks to analyze its love for the conference that was built for the BCS.



M Shannon Smallwood has over 10 years of experience in broadcasting and journalism in professional baseball and college athletics and is the ACC Football Guru, SEC Voice of Reason and College Football Comedian for Rant Sports. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association.

Follow him @woodysmalls.

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