With the evil Alabama playing again in the National Championship game on Monday night, this book review is timed well. I read it a while ago, and mostly forgot to review it. It was one of the nice non-fiction breaks in the year of reading theology. As a serious college football fan, this was an awesome book. It dealt with my favorite league, the mighty SEC. Of course my beloved Volunteers are struggling at this time, but the SEC is ruling the ranks. The book explains why this is happening, and even goes into some of the luck that has happened over this run of trophies. There are various factors that have contributed to the dominance of this league. One is the style of coaching of Nick Saban, he is willing to recruit a player, and put him on defense. Most of the best High School players are quarterbacks and running backs. This just makes sense, but these guys have been convinced that if they come to Bama and play cornerbacks, they will be drafted high. And this is the case. It is the willingness of the SEC to put the best guys on defense. Another aspect is the guys on the defensive line. This is where the SEC comes into play. You have fast and big men going after the quarterback. There is a chapter on Lame Kitten, which is great, and as a Vols fan, highly interesting. You see the luck that comes into play with the streak, as USC lost in the last game of the season and put Florida in. There is also the money game, the SEC championship game is well above the rest of the league championship games. Even look at the coaching hires this season, everyone is the minors to the SEC major leagues. For a College Football fan, this is a great book, and especially for the SEC fans. This is a great read.
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