I think it is safe to say the ACC is better than the SEC and has been for a few years now. Of course if the roles were flipped, ESPN would have major headlines and stories all over its Web site, social media and other media outlets it uses to point this out to all of America.
However, ESPN can’t do that to the one conference it has invested so much of its money and resources to over the last six or seven years. However, they can’t stop me from doing it.
When you take into account the two biggest revenue driven sports—football and men’s basketball—no conference has performed overall on the biggest stage more than the ACC in the last four years, including the SEC.
Since the 2013-’14 academic year, the ACC has won or played for a national championship in football or men’s basketball every year. In the 2015-’16 seasons and the 2016-’17 seasons, Clemson and North Carolina represented the ACC in the those title games, and of course won them both this year.
Since 2013, Florida State and Clemson have both won national championships in football, while Duke (2015) and North Carolina have won National Championships in basketball. Clemson and North Carolina were both national runner ups in the 2015-’16 academic year.
FSU and Syracuse both participated in the national semifinals in football and basketball as well during this stretch. The Seminoles made the first College Football Playoff in 2014, while the Orange advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament last year.
Granted, it is not like the SEC has not had some success. Of course South Carolina advanced to its first Final Four this year in the men’s basketball tournament, while Kentucky was the runner-up in 2014 and advanced to the 2015 Final Four as well.
In football, Alabama beat Clemson to win the 2015 National Championship, while it lost to the Tigers in this year’s national championship game. And though the Crimson Tide has qualified for the CFP in all three years of its existence, the SEC has just one national championship in football since 2013.
Also, let’s not forget that Florida State beat Auburn in the 2013 BCS Championship Game to win the 2013 National Championship.
Let’s also keep in mind this fact. The ACC went 10-4 vs. the SEC this past season in head-to-head matchups on the football field, including a 4-1 mark in the postseason. The SEC went a combined 31-9 against all other FBS conferences. How bad does that sting for the SEC?
To top it off, Clemson beat mighty Alabama, 35-31, in the CFP National Championship Game.
In the four biggest football rivalries between the two conferences—Clemson vs. South Carolina, Florida State vs. Florida, Georgia Tech vs. Georgia and Louisville vs. Kentucky— the ACC is 6-2 the last two years, including the Tigers’ 56-7 win over the Gamecocks last season – the largest margin of victory for an ACC team over an SEC opponent in history.
When you put all this together, and look at the ACC’s success at the national level in the two biggest revenue making sports, it is safe to say the ACC has been a better conference than the SEC. Wouldn’t you agree?
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