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Excerpt: Everybody Just Calm Down, The SEC Is Perfectly Fine…As Long As Alabama Wins

This is an excerpt from a column that appeared on Sporting Life Arkansas. You can read it in it's entirety here.

Kevin C. Cox

The SEC is taking some heat for losing a few bowl games. No biggie, says I.

Perhaps it should be expected that as soon as the SEC looked anything other than dominant in bowl games that the criticisms would come out. That as soon as Florida laid an egg in the Sugar Bowl or Les Miles screwed up in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl that the "overrated" claims would come falling down.

This is all so silly.

Has the SEC’s reputation really been built to the point that not only fans, but pundits expect every conference team to win every bowl game? Not only is that not happening this year, it hasn’t ever happened since the SEC began it’s national title streak.

Georgia lost the Liberty Bowl to UCF a couple of years ago, and somehow the SEC has survived. South Carolina lost badly to UConn and Iowa a few years before bringing in Jadeveon Clowney to literally destroy Michigan. Just two years ago, the conference went 5-5 in the postseason. Arkansas’ bowl record has been more miss than hit in recent years. Mediocre bowl stats aren’t completely new to the SEC.

Doc Harper is the managing editor of Arkansas Expats and is a regular contributor to College Football News and Sporting Life Arkansas. You can email him here and follow him on Twitter.