Of course Charlie Weis has something to say about the SEC
I know half the time he probably intends on saying things that actually make sense or that don’t make him look like a complete idiot, but sometimes you just have to wonder what’s going on in there.
Last week, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops made comments about the “propaganda” that helps inflate the SEC’s reputation as the strongest conference in college football. He attacked the bottom of the league saying that it’s not as good as those of the Big 12’s.
So basically he was saying the Big 12’s bottom-dwellers are better than the SEC’s bottom-dwellers. I don’t know why he said it—I would take Kentucky over Kansas any day—but whatever, cool Stoops.
He did take his punches for it. Nick Saban told the media he could care less about Bob Stoops and that he’s too busy winning national championships, and Mike Muschamp basically laughed in his face.
Stoops does have someone to back him up, however: Charlie Weis. The bottom-dweller of the Big 12.
"Do you know the stats? In the SEC, the record of the good guys and the bad guys?" Weis asked ESPN.com in a recent interview.
"I'm just sayin', you look at the bottom of our league and the bottom of their league, just going based off the numbers, there's validity in what he said," Weis said. "I'm just going based off the numbers, I mean, I'm a numbers guy. Just based off the numbers, you'd have to say he's got a point."
Weis is referring to the fact that the SEC’s bottom eight teams went 0-30 against the top six teams in 2012, whereas the Big 12’s bottom six finished 2-4 against the same group.
There are so many issues with those numbers that I don’t know where to begin, but I’ll start off with the fact that the Big 12’s two wins were against its own kind, one being West Virginia when it was ranked so high.
The next is that the SEC’s bottom eight averaged 3.8 games against opponents inside the top six in the nation. Granted they didn’t win any of those games, but that just goes to show the strength of the conference, compared to the Big 12’s bottom six teams that played just 1.0 games against the top six teams in the country.
And just like everyone else, I’ll point out the obvious: The SEC has won seven national championships in a row. Even if it is top-heavy (which I don’t agree with), who cares? The top half of the conference is enough to blow any other conference out of the water.
Bob Stoops may think that the SEC is overrated, but Texas A&M shoved his face in mud last bowl season and won 41-13. I’d take Vanderbilt over Oklahoma State and Ole Miss over Texas Tech, and I’d certainly take my chances with Kentucky, Auburn or Arkansas over Kansas.
Stoops may still be bitter over the Cotton Bowl loss and Weis may love meaningless numbers, but neither are going to get them wins over the SEC any time soon.
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