As Wes Bynum’s 19-yarder sailed through the desert air to split the uprights and down Oregon in the Tostitos BCS national championship there was no question Auburn was the best team in college football. There was also no doubt which conference was at the top of the summit. The cheers of “S-E-C” that rained down like ticker-tape on the Auburn players and coaches was evidence enough. Fans chanting the conference’s moniker knew, and so did the rest of the nation, the SEC, with victories in the last five national championships, was college football’s king.
Fans, writers and even coaches have sought to explain this domination. Many pegged blazing SEC speed as the reason, asserting that kids from Florida and Georgia just have better wheels than farm-boys from Ohio and Wisconsin. For years, that reasoning has been widely accepted, but lately a new explanation has bubbled to the surface: oversigning.
By: Jeff Beck
Unlike the speed argument, which the SEC has welcomed with open arms, t...