It’s well known that the feeling of superiority around the SEC bothers fans of teams in other conferences. The argument goes back and forth and continues to boil at the surface whenever an SEC team loses a game they shouldn’t. SEC fans will argue that the others just don’t “get it” because they have never experienced a Saturday night SEC game in the south after a full day of tailgating. They’ve never had a chance to see or hear the crowd roar in an SEC stadium. The conference itself even tried to reflect it in their slogan this year, “It just means more.”
While SEC on CBS commentator Gary Danielson told the Orlando Sentinel he agrees with that sentiment, he also thinks the rest of the country has caught up in talent level on the field.
“No, I no longer think the SEC is better than the other conferences,” Danielson said when asked if the SEC is off to the best start of any conference. “I think they were about three years ago. I think they’re a deep conference and it’s a competitive conference and this conference means more to the fans that follow it. I think if you put Ole Miss or Tennessee or Texas A&M or Georgia into the Pac-12, they would win the same number of games. Those teams are good too. If you put them in the Big Ten, they would struggle with Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska and Ohio State. The same with the ACC. … The games are big everywhere.”
He went on to say that what separates the SEC is the vast amount of coverage and the passion as well as the obsession of its fans. However, it may come as a surprise to some that an announcer who calls what’s likely the best SEC game that week no longer thinks he’s seeing all the best players the country has to offer.