Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

BCS Championship: SEC Dominates All the Way to the Bank

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

BCS Championship: SEC Dominates All the Way to the Bank

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BCS title game isn't just about prestige, it could put another $42 million into the coffers of the SEC, making the conference even more difficult to beat.

The SEC's domination of college football has ratcheted up another notch, as it claimed yet another national title for itself Sunday night.

True, the kickoff of the 2012 Allstate BCS Championship game isn't until Jan. 9. But it doesn't matter whether the winner is undefeated and top-ranked Louisiana State University or No. 2 Alabama, whose only loss was a close one in overtime to LSU on Nov. 5. They're not only from the same conference; they're from the same division, the SEC West.

This will be the time in the history of the 14-year-old BCS that two division rivals, having previously met in the regular season, will be playing for the title.

Alabama's No. 2 ranking has prompted outrage among those who think that a one-loss team from another conference, specifically Big 12 Conference champion Oklahoma State, deserved a go at LSU. The Crimson Tide already had its try, after all. But in a week where both the LSU Tigers and the Oklahoma State Cowboys had to play and win their respective conference championships (and Alabama got the week off), the computers that calculate the BCS rankings held Alabama as the slightly better team, prompting the all-SEC January rematch.

The matchup guarantees the SEC its sixth national championship title in a row, and its seventh in 10 years.

That run has been a boon for fans in the college football-crazed southeastern United States, but dismal news for supporters of other NCAA conferences, who now don't even have a team to support through which they can root against what has become the "evil empire" of college football conferences.

To add to the sting, SEC has walked away with piles of money as a result of its BCS success, helping to fuel future success.

A bid to a BCS bowl game comes with a payout, usually correlated to the prestige of that particular game. The largest - the Fiesta. Sugar, Orange, and Rose Bowls - each give payouts of $17 million per team. At the other end of the spectrum, the New Orleans Bowl, this year a matchup between the San Diego State Aztecs and the Louisiana- Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, will pay its teams $325,000 apiece. …

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