Props for realizing this. I've been saying this for a while, and it's not just this year. The SEC seems to have a mythical edge, perpetuated year-in and year-out by their supporters as well as most of the media. My guess is that this stems from all the fanfare, tradition and passion the south has for football; and the fact that 15 years ago, they had a recruiting/speed advantage over the northern schools
Neverthless, names like Georgia, Auburn, LSU and Tennessee are reeled off in reverence EVERY YEAR,and held as signs of the brutal strength of the mighty SEC. Yet, the Big-10 is now +3 over the SEC over the last 5 years in matchups that've been pretty even based on teams' relative standings in their conferences. The SEC is NOT God's gift to CFB. They're just another conference, with slightly better teams towards the bottom.