I couldn’t help but ponder that question when the final whistle blew at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl last night, watching Cam Newton search the crowd for — and eventually finding — the father Auburn’s Athletic Director, and the ESPN broadcast, said wasn’t in attendance.
Sure, we as college football fans can choose to ignore a lot of things, but it’s hard to overlook the fact that the Auburn Tigers’ 22-19 victory over the Oregon Ducks marks the 5th straight BCS Championship for a team from the Southeastern Conference; a conference that now possesses 7 of the 13 Crystal Eggs awarded since the Bowl Championship Series’ inception back in 1998.
Here’s the breakdown:
- 1998: Tennessee (Beat Florida State 23-16)
- 2003: LSU (Beat Oklahoma 21-14)
- 2006: Florida (Beat Ohio State 41-14)
- 2007: LSU (Beat Ohio State 38-24)
- 2008: Florida (Beat Oklahoma 24-14)
- 2009: Alabama (Beat Texas 37-21)
- 2010: Auburn (Beat Oregon 22-19)
Now, considering there are five other conferences that are supposed to have a realistic shot at winning this thing — and the next best showing by any of them is the Big 12’s two Crystal Eggs — isn’t the SEC’s dominance of this party teetering on the precipice of preposterousness?
I wish I could say the absurdity of it all ended there, by merely looking at the actual champions, but it doesn’t. In fact, some of the SEC’s “misses” — within the context of its hits and intra-conference dynamics — actually add fuel to the fire…