We present two views regarding the over-rated Southeastern Conference, undisputed king of cupcake scheduling.
Sam Chi, the BCS Guru, makes a case for the Pacific 10 being the dominant conference of the decade. Nonetheless, the SEC has been better at marketing its product.
Chi, noting the SEC's success in the BCS title game, writes: "That isn't so much affirmation of SEC's superiority as the sign that it's adroitly winning the media war. If the old Confederacy wasn't able to conquer America, its rightful descendants have made sure that the South indeed has risen.
"Don't blame the SEC for understanding and leveraging the system to its maximum benefit. But do blame the Pac-10 for not doing its job."
He then lists the creampuff nonconference opponents of Florida, Louisiana State and Alabama from 2006-09 and compares them to USC's nonconference opponents. Frankly, it's not even a fair fight. The Trojans smoke the competition.
Rick Bozich of the Louisville Courier-Journal takes a look from the East — the Big East. He writes: "This one will earn me a $30,000 fine from the Southeastern Conference commissioner's office for trash-talking, but guess which conference has more teams in the Top 25 of the latest Bowl Championship Series rankings — King Football (the SEC) or King Basketball (the Big East)?
"If you guessed Urban Meyer's league, you can return to practicing your eyeball gouge. If you guessed Jim Calhoun's league, then you have been paying attention to the wonderfully entertaining season the Big East has delivered — even with local contributions nonexistent.
"The SEC sits at one-two, with Florida and Alabama. And that's how it should be. But if you go 25 deep, it's Big East 4, SEC 3. That makes the Big East one of three leagues with four teams on the big board."
Here's even more evidence how the media is fooled by the SEC. Consider that no Big East team was ranked in the Associated Press preseason top 25, the same poll that included five SEC teams in the top 14.