Michigan Wolverines

SEC faces strong challenges as college football's top dog

When LSU's Ed Orgeron matter of factly declared the SEC as "the best conference in the United States," he was mostly preaching to the choir in the league's backyard.

But the Southeastern Conference's once-undisputed status as college football's top league is facing strong challenges from both the ACC and Big Ten despite Alabama's best efforts.

The Crimson Tide certainly remains formidable as ever, if not invincible, at the top. Beyond that, there's plenty of uncertainty — and in some cases mediocrity — in a league that won seven straight national titles from 2006-12.

"If you're trying to hit a moving target on this date and say, 'Is the SEC the best...