In The SEC Defense Wins Championships
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Defense Win Championships
It has been said time and time again by just about everybody from college football experts to sports talk radio personalties, "that defense win championships". That statement is very true if you play in the SEC football conference. The SEC has now won five straight BCS Title Games ('06 Florida, '07 LSU, '08 Florida, '09 Alabama, '10 Auburn) and you can also throw in 2003 LSU and 2004 Auburn, who were denied for playing for a title even though they went undefeated that year and won there bowl game against a good Virginia Tech team. In the 2007 BCS Title Game with Florida going up against Ohio State and there heisman trophy winning quarterback Troy Smith. Coming into that game some people thought that Florida would get dominated by the high powered Ohio State offense. But the Gators totally dominated the Buckeyes hold them to 82 yards total offense and forcing 3 turnovers in a 41-14 rout of Ohio State. In 2008 BCS Title Game Ohio State made it back to the title game this time against LSU. The Buckeyes were looking to redeem themselves from a year ago but they left disappointed again. The SEC again showed its defensive dominance with LSU forcing 3 Buckeye turnover on there way to a 38-24 victory even though Ohio State outgained LSU in total offense 353 to 326 those turnovers prove to be very costly. The 2009 BCS Title Game had Florida against Oklahoma in Miami. The Sooners came into the game with there heisman trophy quarterback Sam Bradfod. That year Oklahoma was averaging 54.7 points a game! They were considered to be one of the best offensive team to ever play college football. But again the SEC showed who is the boss with the Gators holding Oklahoma to just 14 points the whole game, stopping the Sooners on the goalline twice (one a turnover on downs and a interception). The Gators also blocked a field goal on there way to a 24-14 victory. Next in line to show the SEC dominance was Alabama in the 2010 BCS Title Game against Texas in Pasadena. The Tide did not disappoint, forcing 5 turnovers (4 interceptions and 1 fumble) and knocking star quarterback Colt McCoy out of the game in the first quarter. Alabama went on to win 37-21 with a dominating defense for the SEC's fourth straight BCS Title. In this year's BCS Title Game in Glendale, AZ against Auburn and Oregon defense was the name of the game again despite both teams coming in with high powered offenses. Auburn held Oregon to only 19 points as the Ducks were averaging 46.8 poinst a game. The Tigers also stop Oregon on the goalline, force a safety and held Oregon to just 75 yards rushing on there way to a 22-19 victory for the SEC's fifth straight BCS Title.
Now with the 2011 college football season approaching in September which SEC team has a inside shot at getting to a sixth straight BCS Title Game appearance. Well right now Alabama has a great chance as they return 9 starters of defense led by free safety Mark Barron. LSU also has to be in the conversation as they return 7 starters. Those are just two SEC teams that should be pretty good on defense but there are others that can step like a Georgia or may be even Arkansas. So that phrase reins supreme in the SEC that defense wins championships and they have the titles to prove it.
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