SEC streak best ended by outsider

PASADENA, Calif. -- As I sit here in the middle of Pac-12 country, the lovely San Gabriel Mountains towering in the distance, it hit me.

What would be worse for the rest of the college football world than to see the SEC extend its national championship streak this season to eight straight seasons?

No, not SEC commissioner Mike Slive suddenly taking over as lifetime chair of the College Football Playoff selection committee.

And, no, not SEC schools being granted a special exemption going forward allowing them to sign as many players in a class as they wanted, taking "roster management" to a whole new level.

Nope, not even Les Miles starting up his own reality TV show that would precede this season's BCS National Championship presented by Vizio, although I suspect it would be a smashing success in the ratings department.

The ultimate downer for the rest of the college football world would be if the SEC is the one to end the SEC's streak.

In this case, that would require Alabama going down in one of these next three weeks, either to Mississippi State on the road Saturday, Auburn on the road to close the regular season or potentially in the SEC championship game to either Georgia, Missouri or South Carolina.

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