Never mind how much fortune, along with will and skill, was involved.
Tennessee got to the first BCS title game — and won — only because Arkansas' quarterback fumbled without being touched.
Alabama in 2009 needed
And 10 other conferences that could have done something about it didn't.
"They have won the last five here for five years,"
Here's a short list of ordinary-conference schools with an outside chance of ending the SEC's five-year stranglehold:
Oklahoma: This could be Stoops' best shot since 2000, when he won it all in his second year. Last season's
Oregon: "We'll be back" were Chip Kelly's words on the field after losing last season's title game to Auburn in Arizona. Well? A victory over LSU in the Sept. 3 opener would put the Ducks right back on course. Oregon has holes to fill on defense but returns quarterback Darron Thomas and tailback LaMichael James. Working against Ducks karma is the ongoing, and unresolved NCAA investigation involving a scouting service.