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Podcast: Is the SEC really overrated? Barrett Sallee states his case

Yeah, we’re going there.

Last season saw the Big Ten get ripped to shreds after Week 2 of the college football season. Are we really doing the same to the SEC after Auburn escaped a disaster at home against Jacksonville State, Arkansas lost to Toledo at home and Tennessee choked one away at home against Oklahoma? It sure seems that way, but are some people getting a little carried away with the new narrative about the SEC?

I have said before I felt the SEC was still the top conference in terms of total talent and potential, but surely the gap has narrowed between it and other power conferences, namely the Pac-12. Although the Pac-12 has not exactly been lighting it up too much with Arizona State losing to Texas A&M (SEC, of course), Oregon losing at Michigan State (Big Ten), Stanford losing at Northwestern (Big Ten), Washington losing at Boise State (Mountain West Conference) and Washington State losing at home to Portland State (Big Sky). Every conference has its negatives early on this season, including the Big Ten (Penn State losing to Temple, Wisconsin losing to Alabama, Michigan losing at Utah). Outside of Ohio State and Michigan State, has there really been a team that has stood out early on this fall, from any conference?

UCLA? Texas A&M? Maybe, but haven’t we been fooled before? I’m not here to say the SEC is overrated. I’ll let Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report do the honors. He is my guest on this episode and he knows the SEC just about better than anyone else out there not named Tony Barnhart. Please note there was some technical difficulties with my recording and editing process with this episode, so I had to cut out a small part of our conversation and you may notice a couple skips in the podcast as a result. For that I apologize, but I do feel you will get enough out of this episode anyway.

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Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.