From 2006 to 2012, the SEC won seven straight BCS National Championships. During the BCS era from 1998-2014, the conference won nine titles and were represented in ten championship games. You could say that the SEC dominated the college football world during that era.
During their seven-year run atop the nation, the SEC received mounds of hate and criticism for always being considered the “best”. ESPN received most of the hate for portraying the SEC, whether it be LSU, Florida, Alabama, or Auburn, on their programs more than every other conference.
The question was always “Will the SEC’s reign be stopped this year?” or “Who can topple the big dogs from the top of the mountain?” Of course people would be upset about always seeing the SEC on their television, but one ESPN analyst defends the so-called “bias”.
According to Saturday Down South, College Gameday analyst and ESPN play-by-play commentator Kirk Herbstreit took to Twitter and slammed the perceived SEC bias. As most know, Herbstreit was a quarterback at Ohio State, so he has good reason to be upset with the fans who accuse his employer of bias.
I have to agree with Herbstreit. That isn’t because my favorite team is in the SEC, but it’s because he is absolutely right. The summer after Florida State won the last BCS Championship, they were all over television and radio.
The media criticized and celebrated everything that came out of Tallahassee. And look at this summer. I can not tell you how many times I have wrote about Ohio State playing paintball, going to a water park, or being in love with a UFC fighter.
If you don’t want one conference to get all the media attention, the solution is simple. Don’t let them win all the time. Florida State and Ohio State have both learned that in the last two seasons.
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