ESPN may have a more intimate financial relationship with the SEC than with any other conference as distributor and proprietor of the conference’s network. And, yes, SECSports.com may exist under the same web property as ESPN.com. And, sure, ESPN personalities may tout the SEC as a vastly superior conference regularly (but…but…Danny Kennel!). But where on Earth do you get the idea there is an SEC bias?
I mean, ESPN’s own Chris Fowler said the Worldwide shows no SEC bias, but rather pushes the top teams. Fowler essentially told the rest of college football, namely the Big Ten, to step its game up. I would say Ohio State winning the College Football Playoff, Michigan State claiming the Cotton Bowl and Wisconsin downing Auburn accomplished that.
So, surely, the Big Ten would be prominently featured atop ESPN’s Power Ranking Index, right? RIGHT?!
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) July 21, 2015
No SEC bias to see here, folks. Just inscrutable facts that four SEC teams without a clear starting quarterback, one with an almost-historically abominable defense and a sixth coming off a 7-6 finish are six of the 10 best in the nation.
It’s not as if Michigan State has done anything noteworthy, or that the ACC has any teams capable of tussling with the mighty SEC. Ten-win UCLA, returning more starters than any other Power Five conference team? This is football. It isn’t basketball, Jimmy Jam!
Six SEC teams in the Top 10 of an ESPN-contrived Power Index? That’s not SEC bias, you delusional hater! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must tune into the Paul Finebaum Show now.