Mr. Conventional Wisdom, as we all know, bows to no man in his love and admiration for all things SEC. And, yes, he’s a little stung right now by his 12-0 prediction for the SEC’s bowl season. So you can roll your eyes a bit as he’s working the “they’ll be back, baby!” angle hard already.
But he’s not quite as off the mark as the good folks at Eleven Warriors make him sound. Listening to the bowl chatter yesterday, it’s clear that plenty of ESPN’s talking heads had no problem pimping the SEC’s admittedly bad New Year’s Day as a sign of serious decline. Since it’s ESPN, it’s pretty clear why that was so: it’s good for business.
Expect it to gain traction in the offseason. The P5 conferences have every reason in the world to work the refs as long as there are more conferences than playoff slots and if ESPN is willing to do some of the heavy lifting, I doubt anyone will object.
Expect Nick Saban to have time for this shit, though.