I always feel I have a vested interest in the national football title game.

Sometimes I’m fortunate enough to predict which teams will meet in the fateful bowl game to decide the championship. That was the case when No. 1 LSU squared off against No. 3 Clemson on Jan. 13 at the Superdome in New Orleans.

LSU carried the banner of the Southeastern Conference while Clemson represented the Atlantic Coast Conference. I really wanted LSU to win because I’m an SEC guy.

LSU’s Tigers wound up beating Clemson’s Tigers 42-25 in this showdown of unbeaten powerhouses.

I was so happy. I thought all season that LSU had the best team in the land. And I already knew the Southeastern Conference was the best conference.

The National Football League draft underscored this dominance when 63 players were picked from the SEC. LSU had 14 draftees, tying the most in a seven-round draft, followed by Alabama with nine. The SEC had 64 selectees a year ago.

In the Southeastern Conference, football just means more. And the NFL knows it.

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