The SEC is still king of college football

Published 8:35 am Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Nobody can doubt the power of the Southeastern Conference in football now.

The league had moments this past season when it did not look like America’s powerhouse football conference. LSU lost at home to Troy. Ole Miss lost to Cal. Alabama looked beatable late in the season. Florida struggled throughout the year.

But, in the end, two SEC teams will battle for the College Football National Championship on Jan. 8.

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Georgia and Alabama were the league’s best all season but they didn’t get to meet in the SEC Championship because Auburn had beaten the Crimson Tide to win the Western Division.

Alabama’s selection into the National Championship playoffs was a close call. Many didn’t think they belonged. But the Crimson Tide revealed in a semifinal matchup with Clemson that they are legitimate title contenders.

Now, it’s Alabama vs. Georgia for the National Championship in the most fitting of locations. This year’s championship is being held in Atlanta, a Southern location for a Southern slugfest.

Alabama is an early favorite in part because the Crimson Tide make playing in this annual affair a habit. We’ll see. Georgia will have a slight home field advantage since the game is in the state.

Regardless, one thing we know. The SEC will rule college football once again this season when it’s over.