Bob Stoops is not the only coach who questions SEC hype. Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson mirrored Stoops' spring quote about SEC propaganda.
“In the last couple of years, we've lost to Georgia, South Carolina has beaten Clemson and it's become a big deal,” Johnson said.
“I can remember in '08, when we beat Georgia and Clemson beat South Carolina, it wasn't such a big deal. Florida State has beaten Florida (twice in the last three years). We played Mississippi State twice since I've been at Tech, won both of those games. We played Vanderbilt, won that game.
“Now, if you're talking about Alabama and LSU, nobody beats them. They've been pretty good. The biggest difference is at the top, but if you look as a whole, there's not as big of an advantage as you'd think.”
That's very close to what Stoops said. And the truth is, the SEC has not dominated every conference the way it has dominated the Big 12.
In the last seven years, during which the SEC has won all seven national titles, the Big 12 and the Pac-12, of all the major conferences, have had the least success against SEC teams. The SEC's record against the other leagues:
Big 12: 16-8
The only two Big 12 programs with a winning record against the SEC the last seven years are Missouri (3-0) and Texas (2-1).
UCLA (2-0, both vs. Tennessee) and Southern Cal (1-0, beating Arkansas) are the only Pac-12 programs with a winning record against the SEC the last seven seasons.
Wake Forest (5-3, including 2-0 vs. Ole Miss and 3-2 vs. Vanderbilt) is the only ACC program with a winning record against the SEC the last seven seasons.
Big Ten: 15-11
The only Big Ten schools with a winning record against the SEC the last seven years are Iowa (1-0, beating South Carolina) and Northwestern (3-1, two wins over Vanderbilt and one over Mississippi State).
Big East: 12-14
It's true. The Big East has a winning record against the SEC over the last seven seasons. And Cincinnati is the only Big East program with a losing record against the SEC during that time. West Virginia was 3-3 while in the Big East; Louisville is 4-4. South Florida and Pitt each are 1-1, Connecticut is 2-1 and Syracuse and Rutgers each are 1-0.