Florida State's win in the final BCS Championship brought an end to the SEC's impressive string of titles.
Still, the league retained its hold on the top spot in terms of production of NFL draft picks. The SEC remains the outlet of choice for NFL decision-makers, having churned out more draftable talent than any other league in the land.
Forty-nine players from SEC programs were taken in the 2014 NFL Draft, the eighth-straight year the conference had the most picks. The difference wasn't quite as dramatic as a year ago, when the SEC produced 33 more picks than the next-best league (69-30 over the ACC). Still, 49 is more draft picks than it had in any season prior to 2013 -- except 2010, when 49 players also were selected.
If my Way Too Early Big Board is any indication, 2015 will be more of the same. Nine of my top 32 prospects are from SEC schools, more than the Pac-12 (eight), ACC (seven) and Big Ten (six).