Colin Cowherd has had enough of the discussion that the SEC is the best conference in college football.
“If you take Alabama out, where’s the beef?” Cowherd asked Tuesday on his radio show.
Comparing the SEC, and the SEC West in particular, to the NBA’s Western Conference, Cowherd argued that after Alabama and Golden State, there’s a significant drop off in quality.
“They were great, and now they’re not,” Cowherd says.
You can watch his full rant here:
Like the SEC in college football, the NBA Western Conference is extremely overrated pic.twitter.com/UDrhfRI8GO
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 11, 2017
Both the SEC West and NBA Western Conference have had mirroring top-level success in the last two seasons. Alabama won then lost the College Football Playoff, both times against Clemson. Golden State won then lost the NBA Finals, both times against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“It’s the most one-sided, lopsided, uncompetitive conference,” Cowherd says. “There is no second-best program.”
Cowherd references NFL draft representation as an indicator that leagues like the ACC and Big Ten have become deeper than the SEC.
“Alabama has had 28 guys drafted in the last five years in the first round alone, he says. “Just take Alabama’s draft picks out. Start looking at the first round of the NFL draft — it’s not dominated by the SEC.”
However, in the 2016 NFL Draft, the SEC had nine first-round picks. Taking out the only pick from Alabama, the SEC still had the most players taken in the first round, compared to the Big Ten’s six and the ACC’s four.