Former commissioner Roy Kramer remembers all the fretting when the Southeastern Conference started its own championship game two decades ago.

League coaches were especially worried, fearing an extra contest would make it harder to win a national title.

It sure didn't work out that way. The SEC has ruled like no other conference, capturing an unprecedented six straight national championships. Alabama will try to make it seven in a row when it takes on Notre Dame for the BCS crown Monday night in Miami.

In 2014, there will be another momentous change, spurred in part by the dominance down South. Undoubtedly, there are plenty of folks in the rest of the country hoping the four-team playoff will make it tougher for the SEC to pile up trophies with such regularity.