Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Stoops takes on SEC, but numbers say he's wrong
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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Bob Stoops told reporters recently the Southeastern Conference isn't as strong as advertised.
Bob Stoops told reporters recently the Southeastern Conference isn't as strong as advertised.
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Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops questioned recently whether the Southeastern Conference really is the best football conference, basing much of his argument on the ability of the weakest teams.

Stoops says his own Big 12 Conference has better teams at the bottom. While Alabama coach Nick Saban told AL.com on Thursday night he has better things to do than worry about what Stoops is saying, I apparently don't. Especially when sitting through rain delays at high school softball regional tournaments.

Great, so Stoops seems to be saying the Big 12's ninth-best team from 2012, Iowa State, would beat the SEC's ninth-best team, Ole Miss. Or the 10th-best teams: Kansas and Arkansas.

Don't forget the SEC has won seven straight national titles. Don't forget that six of the top 10 in the final BCS standings came from the SEC.

Don't forget the SEC produced 63 picks in the NFL draft in April. The ACC had 31, the Pac-12 had 28 and Stoops' Big 12 and the Big Ten had 22 each. Heck, the SEC East (32) and SEC West (31) had more draft selections than the Big 12.

And, of course, don't forget the Cotton Bowl from January, the only time Stoops' Oklahoma team played an SEC team this year: Texas A&M 41, Oklahoma 13.

And as a side note, I'm not ready to concede Iowa State-Ole Miss or Kansas-Arkansas to the Big 12, either.

Contact Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Read "In My Opinion" in every Anniston Star sports section, written by Star staff members.
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