Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron (10) waves to the crowd as he leaves the field after the 2013 BCS Championship game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Sun Life Stadium. Alabama won 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
By Mike Lopresti, USA TODAY Sports for KSDK Sports
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- SEC! SEC! SEC!
Kind of a catchy tune, isn't it? Tired of it, after seven consecutive national championships? Here's the bad news. There is no end in sight.
Applications are now being accepted from anyone who thinks they're up to sacking college football's Roman empire. Are you strong enough to confront the Southeastern Conference hordes? Are you tough enough to wipe that straight face off Nick Saban's straight face?
Sign up now for 2013. But be advised of the risks.
Look at Notre Dame. An army of destiny one minute, a smoking crater the next.
Look at all the troops the empire is bringing back next season, especially at the most important position on the field. Warning: This contains images that might be disturbing.
Texas A&M returns the Heisman Trophy winner.
Alabama returns a guy with three national championship rings.
Georgia returns the most efficient passer in the nation.
South Carolina returns not one quarterback, but two.
Left to right, that's Johnny Manziel, AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray, Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson. And that's not even talking about all the other gobs of talented players who will still be around, and that's not even mentioning the fact you would need the Queen Elizabeth II to transport all the blue-chip recruits the SEC brings in each year.
And that's not even bringing up the fact of how late Monday night, Saban said he was going to celebrate for maybe 24 hours and then get back to planning the next stage of his dynasty, though he'd rather bite into a cactus than use the word.
The BCS will run out of post-championship game confetti before he runs out of good players.
Still, it has to end one day. Doesn't it?
Chip Kelly should get an application. Sooner or later, he's leaving Oregon for the NFL, and think how much more attractive he'd be if he had "SEC killer" on his rèsumè. For now, he returns many of his Ducks of mass destruction, and obviously knows how to use them.
Urban Meyer should get an application. He'll have Braxton Miller back at quarterback and is looking to add more speed to Ohio State's brawn, which is the only way the SEC will be stopped.
Dabo Swinney should get an application. Clemson beat LSU, and that at least counts as a warning shot across the SEC bow.
David Shaw should get an application. How rich would the irony be should SEC juggernaut be stopped one day by ... Stanford?
Brian Kelly should get an application. The way he figures, Monday night was the school of hard knocks, and Notre Dame will know what they are up against next time. "It's going to make my job very easy when it comes to talk to players about how you win a national championship," he said.
If there is a next time. The concept of using championship defeat as a tutorial on how to get back and do it right is attractive, but so far a big fat zero in reality.
Oregon said that after losing to Auburn in 2011, but so far has not been back. For that matter, the last 10 schools to lose the BCS championship game have never returned to win it.
So the BCS remains an SEC subsidiary. Next year's incoming freshmen were in the fifth grade the last time another league produced a national champion. This is getting to be historical, even when put next to other sports.
The Eastern Conference once won 12 consecutive NBA Finals, but that was nearly all Bill Russell's Boston Celtics. The American League's seven-year run in the World Series was mostly decorated in the pinstripes of the New York Yankees. The Pac-8's seven-year streak in the Final Four was entirely John Wooden's UCLA.
The truest conference streak would be 13 consecutive Super Bowls for the NFC from 1985-97, because that was the handiwork of five different teams.
The SEC has maintained power with Alabama, Auburn, Florida and LSU. The league will have to be dragged from its championship streak with its teeth marks on the crystal ball.
Anyone out there want to try?