“Seven in a row.”
It has a nice ring to it and will seamlessly replace the current “Six in a row” statement that countless SEC fans have filled college football conversations with for the better part of 2012.
First and foremost, SEC fans want their team to succeed. They want to win games – ideally, every game – and go play for a national championship. Second to this priority, fans want the SEC to bring home another championship. The exception to this is sometimes when that team happens to be a hated rival. Typically, this is Auburn and Alabama more than anything. I know plenty of Alabama fans who rooted for Oregon, and I know plenty of Auburn fans that rooted for Texas (or LSU). While some Georgia fans rooted against Florida in their respective Championship Games, it’s not the same as the in-state, in-conference rivalry.
Bringing home the title to the SEC accomplishes two things. First, SEC fans do take actual pride in the conference itself. The SEC is an entity which brings us pride. It represents the best of the best in football at the collegiate level and winning the BCS gives us something to point to as evidence of this fact.
Secondly, when the SEC wins the title, it makes us feel better about our own team. After all, our team plays in the conference of champions. If you got crushed by Alabama, well, it helps when you know that everybody else did too.
It is undeniable that we SEC fans want the SEC to win the BCS Championship Game this year. As such, you might argue that the majority of SEC fans will be watching the Alabama-LSU game on Saturday night and rooting for Alabama to win.
The fan bases that won’t be rooting for Alabama? Well, I’d suggest Auburn, LSU and Georgia. Auburn hates Alabama. Period. LSU clearly wants to win themselves, win out and get into the BCS. Georgia with a clear path to the SEC Championship would probably rather play LSU than Alabama.
LSU fans might argue that LSU can still win the BCS as well since they only have a single loss. This is true, but a unblemished team from the SEC is guaranteed to get into the BCS Championship Game. While a one-loss SEC Champion might likely get in as well, it’s not guaranteed. Moreover, there’s no question that Alabama has “looked” better than LSU thus far this season. After all, there’s a reason that Alabama is a 8-ish point favorite as the road team this Saturday night.
You might compare the process of selecting an SEC representative for the national scene like the primary process in Presidential politics. Back at the beginning of 2012, Republicans around the country had their own candidates. Some folks like Mitt Romney, others Newt Gingrich and others Ron Paul. Over time the feed narrowed and eventually Republicans had a single nominee to represent them. The various competing interests, then, for the most part, coalesced around their party’s nominee. It happens in a similar way in the SEC (with few exceptions as we’ve already noted). As teams get knocked out of the race, we coalesce around the team which gives us the best opportunity to keep the BCS Trophy in the SEC.
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