With the start of the (scheduled) college football season fast approaching it’s officially time to start ranking Power Five conferences as we do each and every year. It’s a debate that will never end seeing as how it’s argued by biased fans from around the country, but hey, there’s not much else to argue about right now and any opportunity to talk college football is always great.
In all honesty, this topic isn’t even worthy of a debate. As someone who grew up in SEC country, I can confirm that the SEC is by far the greatest conference when it comes to college football. Anyone reading this that thinks the Big Ten, Big 12, or ACC is anywhere close to the level of the SEC you are simply wrong.
Urban Meyer, who has first-hand experience coaching in both the SEC and Big Ten, agrees with me and the rest of the extremely smart people out there that believe the SEC is the premier conference. Meyer has one word to describe why the SEC trumps other conferences: attitude.
“The word is attitude,” Meyer said according to 247 Sports. “When I was in the SEC, the attitude was how to dominate. When you talk about college football, it’s about recruiting and that’s all they talked about in the SEC. It’s about players, it’s about national championships, it’s about getting to the show. They didn’t care about anything else other than themselves. You kind of admire that.
When I went to the Big Ten, I was kind of shocked. Everyone kind of recruited in their footprint. They didn’t step out and say national recruit and let’s talk about national championships. I was shocked by that. I think by 2014-15, the Big Ten (was) if not the best conference, they’re right there with the SEC. I think the Big Ten at the top can play with any team in the SEC. But top to bottom, the SEC is best why? Attitude. They don’t apologize for being great and I have a lot of respect for that.”
As Meyer explains, the top teams in the Big Ten can compete with the top teams in the SEC, but from top to bottom it’s not close; the SEC is without question the superior conference.