It’s hard to say the word “mojo” in my head without immediately saying “Jojo” afterward.
Here’s something you’ve probably heard from your Big 12 friends before: the SEC is overrated. They say it every year through the regular season, and then bowl games start, and there’s not really much left to say. Seven years running with SEC champions, and the only SEC team to lose in the title game, LSU, lost to another SEC team.
But this regular season, there might be some validity to the “overrated” talk. After yesterday’s games, SEC teams are now 5-6 against AQ (automatic qualifier) opponents, and even the “top” teams like Georgia and Florida have dropped non-conference games. Sure, they were against good teams (Clemson and Miami), but isn’t the point of having the best conference that your teams beat teams from other conferences? Tell me where I’m going wrong here, but it seems like the mojo is starting to wane.
Of course, you could just say that the talent discrepancy between the SEC and the rest of the BCS isn’t gone, just… consolidated. Into the SEC West. You know, far away from us (for now). So does that make it SEC West vs. The World? As the years go on, the abundance of talent in the SEC seems to have shifted its way into the Western half of the conference. Alabama, LSU, and A&M are all top ten teams, while Georgia is the only Eastern representative. Meanwhile, Vandy, Tennessee, and Kentucky already have a pair of losses out of the East, while Miss. St. is the only team with two Ls in the West.
Alabama and LSU have yet to lose at all, and A&M’s only loss is to Bama. Heck, even Ole Miss is undefeated after beating Texas AT Texas (headline idea: “Mack Brown = Texas Toast?” You’re welcome, Internet.). That 5-6 record against AQs? Two-thirds of the losses came from the East.
So with all of that, which is it? Is the SEC dominance finally over, or has it just moved to one side of the Mississippi River? Personally, I won’t buy that the streak is over until Alabama loses. But if there was a year that Oregon could sneak in a title, it’s probably this one.