SEC's monopoly on college football starts and ends with Alabama

by Anthony Slater Published: August 26, 2013
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photo - ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, AUG. 10-11 - FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2012, file photo, Alabama head coach Nick Saban celebrates with his team after defeating LSU 21-0 in the the BCS National Championship college football game in New Orleans. Saban is rapidly gaining on Paul
ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, AUG. 10-11 - FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2012, file photo, Alabama head coach Nick Saban celebrates with his team after defeating LSU 21-0 in the the BCS National Championship college football game in New Orleans. Saban is rapidly gaining on Paul "Bear" Bryant, a man still revered by Crimson Tide faithful, in stature and national titles after leading Bama to three of the past four BCS championships. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

This offseason, Nick Saban and his staff added some minor decorations to the Alabama weight room.

Maroon and white towels hang from various workout machines, sporting the Texas A&M logo. Looped highlights run on the high-definition televisions overhead, showing Johnny Manziel running through the Crimson Tide, Oklahoma and others on his way to the Heisman trophy.

It's hard to beat Saban. But it's even harder for him to forget about those defeats.

So you can bet come Sept. 14 in College Station — in what many are billing the game of the season, pending Manziel's eligibility — Saban's squad will be amped up, out for revenge in a rematch with the Aggies.

But in reality, it remains the other way around. Alabama is not the hunter but the hunted.

The SEC, as a whole, may be running an extended monopoly on college football. But Alabama is running a more recent monopoly on the SEC.

Three national titles and two conference belts the last four years. A combined 35-5 SEC record since 2008. A 16-2 mark the past two seasons, outscoring conference opponents by more than 24 points per game.

And there's no reason to think it's going to stop.

Not with another defense loaded with NFL talent (what else is new?) and plenty of experienced offensive weapons, like thousand-yard rusher T.J. Yeldon and 1,000-yard receiver Amari Cooper, surrounding two-time national champion quarterback A.J. McCarron (three if you count his redshirt year).

“Since I'll be around for four more football seasons,” Barack Obama said during Alabama's recent visit to the White House, “I expect I just might see these guys again before I leave.”

The President is not alone with that pick. It's a near consensus, with the Tide entering 2013 as the undisputed No. 1 team in the nation.

But SEC challengers are aplenty, with six of the country's top 13 ranked teams coming from the conference.


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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