Louisiana State University left no doubt after beating Clemson for the national championship.

It is indeed the best college football team in the nation. And the Southeastern Conference is the best, too.

SEC teams went 8-2 in bowl games. Clemson’s own Atlantic Coast Conference went 4-7 and the Big Ten was 4-5. Others included the American Athletic Conference (4-3), Big 12 (1-5), Conference USA (3-5), Mid-American (3-4), Mountain West (4-3), Pac-12 (4-3), Sun Belt (3-2) and independents (2-1).

The SEC hasn’t dominated every year like this. Clemson was of course the unbeaten defending champion before facing LSU. But those who argued that the balance of power had shifted to the Atlantic Coast Conference or the Big Ten have been effectively silenced. The Southeastern Conference still rules the college football world.

According to legend, a reporter found Mark Twain and asked him what comment he had about the rumor he was dead. As the story goes, Twain replied, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”

So, in this case, suggestions that SEC football was on the decline were grossly inaccurate. In the Southeastern Conference, football just means more.

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