Pride and Prejudice: Why The Alabama Crimson Tide and SEC Are Hated

Patrick FerliseCorrespondent IJune 28, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 17: Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram #22 waits for a punt during the Alabama spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
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The Southeastern Conference recently has been at the forefront for dislike and disdain as the dominating conference in the country. With four consecutive National Championships from an SEC team in the past years, there is reason for people to hate what some call the "super conference."

As a college football fan, I can clearly say that anyone who claims that the SEC is "overrated" obviously just opened up a big can of worms. Recently, I've read certain articles (I won't name any for the sake of the writers) that belittled the Southeastern Conference, and in some cases the University of Alabama, by trying to disprove the fact that they are historically elite.

I'll start off by stating the fact that in all accounts, the entire SEC has been very competitive against out of conference teams. In its extensive history, the conference has been a powerhouse and a force to be reckoned with.

The Alabama Crimson Tide have also come under fire from sports fans and writers which claim that they are not a dominant power. Since the team's conception in 1929, the Tide has been at the forefront for National Championship wins. They lead the NCAA with 13 National Championship titles and 22 SEC Championship titles.

Obviously, it's difficult to have an argument against such a decorated history. Yet some sceptics still seem to find something to whine about. Overall, the Tide is one of the most successful football programs in the history of the sport.

To reiterate my point about the SEC in its entirety, yes, the conference is dominated mostly by Alabama and Florida. Right behind them are a hoard of decent and talented teams, which keep the SEC's reputation the same as it's been for decades.

Many say that the SEC is having its "run" at National Championship titles. Since the BCS system was created, three SEC teams (Alabama, Florida, and LSU) lead the NCAA in championship appearances. Even before the Bowl Championship Series, writers rank the SEC first in an overall evaluation of conference strength.

In the midst of the large controversy in college football of who is the most powerful conference, the SEC seems to be looked down upon for being the best. The SEC has shown considerable poise against sceptics and continues to back up its claim as the top conference. I think it is only fair that with honor and glory, comes jealousy and hatred.