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It’s All SEC Baby! The College Football Championship is back in the SEC

Time for a lot of so called experts to eat a lot crow and acknowledge that the Football Playoff Committee certainly got things right by placing both Georgia and Alabama in the playoffs. The All SEC finals proved all that and more. Read and see if you agree.

Alabama's defense proved it was a playoff contender all season long. (Photo- TDA Magazine)

It’s All SEC Baby! The College Football Championship is back in the SEC

By: Larry Burton

Ok, we can all say it now. Anyone who thought Clemson was the new Alabama and the Crimson Tide’s reign was over, please, shut the hell up. For everyone who said Georgia can’t win the big one, well they’ve won two in a row and are now on the biggest stage of college football and one of the last two standing. Shut up and find something else to say.

For everyone who said that Alabama didn’t deserve to be in the playoffs and two SEC teams making the playoffs was a joke, kindly shut the hell up and put catsup on your crow.

And while overall, the SEC only had four wins and five losses in the bowl season, it was clear that the biggest power in all of college football were the top teams in the SEC.

Not only did the outcome of the games played yesterday prove that the best two teams in the country were indeed from the SEC, it proved that the playoff committee did the right thing in the face of much criticism by placing these two teams in the top four teams. All the games the SEC lost were in doubt and only Auburn’s loss could be called as embarrassing to the league. If anything, that loss to UCF may make folks wonder if they should have had Clemson’s place in the top four as Clemson certainly didn’t appear to be competitive at all against Alabama and certainly looked like the least worthy of their placement.

Now it will be funny to watch the naysayers who poo poo’d Alabama for making the playoffs and watch them try and justify their ridiculousness. While Oklahoma proved themselves a very worthy adversary and a team to finish the season in the top four for sure, the Clemson game was what happens when an Alabama team plays Alabama defense for 60 minutes. They sacked, they hurried, they frustrated and then scored against the Clemson offense who never was really in any point to ever take back control of the game.

At the end of 60 minutes of total frustration, they left the field without even having scored a touchdown. So for anyone who thought that the Jeremy Pruitt exit may end up being the Lane Kiffin exit drama 2.0, Pruitt not only planned but carried out a true masterpiece against an offense that averaged 33 points a game and almost shut them down completely.

So for anyone that thought that Clemson and in particularly Dabo Swinney was the coach to beat now, Swinney was not only rebuked by Saban but severely slapped back down to his normal pecking order in the coaching supremacy carousel. Now the season head to the final game and while the outcome has not been settled, conference supremacy has certainly been restored for the SEC.

Larry has been published in almost every media outlet for college sports and now primarily writes here for Touchdown Alabama. Follow Larry on Twitter for inside thoughts and game time comments at


Larry Burton is a member of the Football Writers of America Association (FWAA) and was the most read SEC and Alabama football writer during his time at Bleacher Report. He has been credentialed by all the major bowls and the University of Alabama. Larry provides some of the best insight in the business through his "Larry's Lowdown" segment with TDA.

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