On Jan. 8, 2007, the SEC's era of dominance in college football was born, as Florida beat Ohio State in the national championship game, 41-14. The Gators' victory began a streak of seven straight national championships and eight consecutive years with a title game appearance for the SEC.
On Jan. 1, 2015, did the SEC's era of dominance die? Thursday night, No. 4 Ohio State beat No. 1 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, 42-35, meaning the SEC will be without representation in the national championship game for the first time since 2006.
The SEC certainly passed away in the mind of Ohio State redshirt freshman linebacker Darron Lee.
If anyone's allowed to talk trash, it's Lee, the defensive MVP of the Sugar Bowl.
Ohio State (13-1) moves on to the national championship game, where it will face Oregon (13-1) on Monday, Jan. 12.