You’ve got to love when Bob Stoops starts to speak his mind. Whether he is talking about paying college football players or the state of the world of college football, he is full of sound bites. The most recent quotes from Coach Stoops comes regarding the SEC and their dominance in the college football world. While teams like Alabama, Auburn and LSU have been running roughshod over the rest of the nation over the past few years in college football, Stoops is not sold on the trend.
As a matter of fact, Stoops said that SEC dominance is pretty much “propaganda.”
The sound you just heard is thousands upon thousands of SEC fans cursing the name of Bob Stoops.
Of course, Stoops knows the SEC well. He worked on the staff of Steve Spurrier at Florida before he came to OU as the head coach, but that was back in the ’90s when Florida was one of the brightest shining stars of the SEC. While the Gators are still good, that title now belongs to Nick Sabin and the Alabama Crimson Tide, although Les Miles and the LSU Tigers are always scraping at their heels.
The joke seems old now when people ask who the national champion will be, and points to the winner of the SEC Conference as the de-facto champ. Now, with an NCAA playoff about to kick off, that might change. While the best team in the country is in the SEC, Stoops points out that it doesn’t mean the SEC is the best conference in football.
“So they’ve had the best team in college football,” Stoops said. “They haven’t had the whole conference. Because, again, half of ‘em haven’t done much at all. I’m just asking you. You tell me.”
Take a look at the Big 12 an the SEC. While the top teams in the SEC are all ranked higher than the top team in the Big 12, the rest of the conference is not as equal. The bottom half of the SEC went 19-41 and five of those teams did not make it to the postseason. The bottom half of the Big 12 went 29-35, which tells Stoops that the competition in the Big 12 is stronger, making it harder to finish the regular season with the unblemished records of the SEC teams, who fed last year on weak teams like Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas and Auburn. Outside of Kansas and Iowa State, there was not a weak team in the Big 12.
“So you’re listening to a lot of propaganda that gets fed out to you,” Stoops said. “You’re more than smart enough to figure it out. Again, you can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams, and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are. How well are they all doing? What’d we (the Big 12) have, eight of 10 teams in bowl games this year? Again, you figure it all out.”
Source: Tulsa World