SEC sets its sights on sixth straight title

One of SEC commissioner Mike Slive's reading selections this summer was "56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports."

The book chronicles DiMaggio's fabled 56-game hitting streak, which captivated baseball fans during the 1941 season and has stood the test of time.

What the SEC has done in football the past five seasons may also stand the test of time.

"DiMaggio's hitting streak is a record that may never be broken," Slive said. "I think [the SEC's five straight national championships] is in that same category."

And to take it a step further, four different SEC teams have won the past four national titles, making the streak all the more remarkable.

It's a reign of dominance that has solidified the SEC as college football's pre-eminent conference, all the while creating a dizzying standard that has become the envy of the sport.