Since 1998, the Bowl Championship Series has determined the National Champion of college football. During that time, schools from the South Eastern Conference have taken home nine of the 16 national titles. There are many who believe this trend of SEC dominance is going to end when the BCS is replaced with the College Football Playoff system in 2014-2015; boy are they wrong.
The SEC secured seven out of the top ten recruiting classes and nine of the top 20. Coach Nick Saban and the University of Alabama signed the No. 1 class for the third straight year. The LSU Tigers not only managed to sign the No. 2 overall class, but Les Miles was also able to land the No. 1 high school recruit in the nation, Leonard Fournette. Rounding out the rest of the SEC’s top ten classes were: No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 6 Auburn, No. 7 Tennessee, No. 8 Georgia, No. 9 Florida.
The SEC’s dominance over other conferences is not suddenly going to stop simply because a new playoff system is in place. These schools are set for years to come because kids know these are the best places to progress as an athlete. The caliber of football in the SEC is on a different level from the rest of the country. The coaches are smarter, the players are bigger and faster and the exposure is higher. High school players know this. That’s why year after year the SEC has numerous schools bringing in high ranking recruiting classes.
The College Football Playoff system isn’t going to change the fact that SEC schools are just better at football than schools from other conferences. Schools in the SEC play the toughest competition college football has to offer on a weekly basis. As a high school athlete, if you think you have the talent to be a professional football player you go to the SEC, plain and simple. This isn’t an opinion, it’s a fact based on the sheer number of players in the NFL that were educated in the South Eastern Conference.
Believe it or not, with the BCS gone the SEC might actually dominate more than before. The College Football Playoff will allow the actual best football teams a chance to compete for the National Championship. In years past, schools from the SEC were at a disadvantage because of the difficulty of their schedules. Mediocre teams from other conferences with just one loss would often jump excellent two-loss SEC teams. This has to have schools like Ohio State and Oklahoma shaking in their boots.
The SEC is going to continue to dominate regardless of what type of title system is in place. The impressive performance by the SEC on National Signing Day is just additional proof that the best football in the country is played in the South.