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Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson is Bob Stoops' anti-SEC ally from the Deep South

Bob Stoops is not the only coach who questions SEC hype. Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson mirrored Stoops' spring quote about SEC propaganda.
Oklahoman Modified: August 26, 2013 at 9:00 am •  Published: August 25, 2013
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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).

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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