people around here were SEC fans because that was what was on TV. I cant remember the network but back in the day there were like 3 sec games on broadcast TV every weekend. Plus the SEC has most of the larger media markets in the SE and before the interwebs there was Athalon and the papers sent reporters to the other SEC games. The SEC has always been bigger than he sum of the parts. At least in the SE. Heck the SE nurtured NASCAR for decades until it exploded on the national scene, now the SEC is taking over the world. The South is rising again! SEC-SEC-SEC!!!