Since 2006, the SEC has had at least one team in the college football championships. Whether it was BCS national championship or the newly implemented Playoff national championship, the SEC has been very successful, winning seven of a possible nine contests.
So, since the division is so competitive, the recipe for making the playoff is a bit simpler for SEC teams: Win all of your games and you should be in. Even with 128 teams in the FBS, the winningest team in the SEC usually finds themselves with a chance to win it all.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn still thinks this is unfair.
In an interview with ESPN Tuesday, Malzahn told reporters that he thinks Auburn is at a disadvantage because of how tough the SEC is.
Auburn's Malzahn told me he thinks SEC at disadvantage in CFP because of strength of the league. Others fresher for playoff as result.
— Travis Haney (@travhaney) July 21, 2015
Pick your battles, Gus.
Compared to the eleven trips the SEC has taken to the college football championships since 1998, the Big 10 has seen three, and all of them being from one program, Ohio State. Sure, the SEC may be the toughest division in college football, but you should be thankful, not resentful. The major reason why the Auburn Tigers can reach the CFB playoff semifinals is because of their impressive record against, especially against divisional opponents.
Plus, teams are given nearly a month off after that semifinal game to prepare for the championship game.
There are still some valid gripes with the way the college football playoff system is run today, but sorry Gus, this is not one of them.
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