Best SEC Sports College

Every SEC fan wants to know whether his or her favorite school is the best SEC sports college. SEC Sports Fan is uniquely well positioned to provide that sort of comparison information. Certainly, the official SEC Sports site can't say which school they think is "best." We can, and do.

We review and summarize all 12 sports the Southeastern Conference competes in at the NCAA level.

We have a list at the bottom of this page of every SEC team that's won a national championship, ever. There have been 187 (through the 2010 - 2011 school year).

But, wow, how to pick the Best SEC Sports College. Not an easy task. Of course Auburn won the BCS College Football National Championship last year (2010 - 2011 season). But, Alabama won it the year before; Florida the year before that; LSU the year before that; the Gators again the year before that.

Then there's South Carolina winning the College World Series in 2011 and 2010; LSU in 2009; Georgia runner-up there in 2008. Georgia has also done some great things in several other sports (gymnastics, tennis, golf). Then there's Tennessee in Women's Basketball, Arkansas in Track and Field, etc, etc, etc....

It all really comes down to how you weight each sport. Because we weigh football the highest, Florida (barely) comes out on top. Not that Florida is only good at football. By no means. They have the best SEC soccer, volleyball and softball teams currently; as well as a very strong men's basketball program. So, the University of Florida Gators currently are the best all-around SEC Sports College. In fact, Florida is probably the best all-around sports college in America! And that's unlikely to change this year (i.e. Tim Tebow, another Heisman??).

Anyway, please post your thoughts about which SEC school is the best sports school by using the form at the bottom of this page.

Florida Football National Championship
Ole Miss Baseball
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Vanderbilt Basketball
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Each of the 12 sports pages on this site compares and ranks the program of each SEC school in that particular sport. The Florida Gators, for instance, are ranked #1 in four sports -- Football, Softball, Soccer and Volleyball. This is the most of any SEC school and largely explains why Florida is ranked as the top sports school in the SEC.

In conducting the study, we simply prepared a spreadsheet giving a school 12 points for every first place ranking, 11 points for a second place ranking, etc, all the way to 1 point for a twelfth place ranking (there are 12 schools in the SEC).

Of course this site is dedicated to the SEC sports fan. Therefore, in order to make the analysis meaningful, we valued the sports differently based on fan interest. In other words, it would not be fair to award a school the same number of points for being #1 in football as for being #1 in golf (for instance). That's silly. Football is obviously much more important than golf in determining which school is the overall best SEC sports college.

So, we awarded a multiplier to each sport, depending on its relative significance in the sports world, particularly to SEC sports fans.

After much debate, we decided that football should receive a multiplier of 4, basketball -- 3, baseball -- 2, track and field -- 1.5, swimming and diving -- 1.5, and the rest of the sports (tennis, golf, gymnastics, softball, soccer, and volleyball) each received a multiplier of 1.

So, to find the score for a particular school in a particular sport, we simply multiplied the rank points by the multiplier. For instance, since the Florida Gators are ranked as the #1 football school, its score for football is 48 (12 x 4).


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Then we added up the total points earned in all sports for each school and obtained an overall score that represents a comprehensive and objective opinion of which school is the overall best SEC sports college.

So, what you've been waiting for...
The schools and their point totals (as of Fall 2009) are ranked as follows:

  1. Florida Gators (182) (Best in Nation)
  2. LSU Tigers (170.5)
  3. Alabama Crimson Tide (161)
  4. Georgia Bulldogs (147.5)
  5. Tennessee Volunteers (141)
  6. Arkansas Razorbacks (128)
  7. Kentucky Wildcats (121.5)
  8. South Carolina Gamecocks (not adjusted for 2010 CWS Championship, so will move up -- (101)
  9. Ole Miss Rebels (89.5)
  10. Auburn Tigers (87.5)
  11. Vanderbilt Commodores (70.5)
  12. Mississippi State Bulldogs (30)
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Obviously the sports world is always changing and the above scores are subject to change. But, they are accurate as of January 2007 and because they represent a comprehensive view, they are unlikely to change very much or very suddenly.

Now that you know which SEC University has the best sports program -- you'll want to read Which College Sports Conference is the Best?. You probably already know the answer. Still, check it out.



SEC ALL TIME NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

MEN

BASEBALL (9)

Year Team W-L
1990 Georgia (52-19)
1991 LSU (55-18)
1993 LSU (53-17-1)
1996 LSU (52-15)
1997 LSU (57-13)
2000 LSU (52-17)
2009 LSU (56-17)
2010 South Carolina (54-16)
2011 South Carolina (55-14)

BASKETBALL (10)

Year Team W-L
1948 Kentucky (36-3)
1949 Kentucky (32-2)
1951 Kentucky (32-2)
1958 Kentucky (23-6)
1978 Kentucky (30-2)
1994 Arkanas (31-3)
1996 Kentucky (34-2)
1998 Kentucky (35-4)
2006 Florida (33-6)
2007 Florida (35-5)

BOXING (1)

Year Team W-L
1949 LSU (20)

CROSS COUNTRY (8)

Year Team W-L
1972 Tennessee (134)
1991 Arkanas (52)
1992 Arkanas (46)
1993 Arkanas (31)
1995 Arkanas (100)
1998 Arkanas (97)
1999 Arkanas (58)
2000 Arkanas (83)

FOOTBALL (20)

Year Team W-L
1951 Tennessee (10-1/AP,UPI)
1957 Auburn (10-0/AP)
1958 LSU (11-0/AP,UPI)
1960 Ole Miss (10-0-1/FWAA)
1961 Alabama (11-0/AP,UPI)
1964 Alabama (10-1/AP,UPI)
1965 Alabama (9-1-1/AP, FWAA)
1973 Alabama (11-1/UPI)
1978 Alabama (11-1/AP, FWAA)
1979 Alabama (12-0/AP,UPI, FWAA)
1980 Georgia (12-0/AP,UPI, FWAA)
1992 Alabama (13-0/AP,UPI,USA Today, FWAA)
1996 Florida (12-1/AP,UPI,USA Today, FWAA)
1998 Tennessee (13-0/AP,USA Today, FWAA)
2003 LSU (13-1/USA Today/BCS)
2006 Florida (13-1/USA Today/BCS)
2007 LSU (12-2/USA Today/BCS)
2008 Florida (13-1/USA Today/BCS)
2009 Alabama (14-0/USA Today/BCS)
2010 Auburn (14-0/AP,/USA Today/BCS)

GOLF (10)

Year Team W-L
1940 LSU (601-tie)
1942 LSU (590-tie)
1947 LSU (606)
1955 LSU (574)
1968 Florida (1154)
1973 Florida (1149)
1993 Florida (1145)
1999 Georgia (1180)
2001 Florida (1126)
2005 Georgia (1135)

SWIMMING & DIVING (11)

Year Team W-L
1978 Tennessee (307)
1983 Florida (238)
1984 Florida (287.5)
1997 Auburn (496.5)
1999 Auburn (467.5)
2003 Auburn (609.5)
2004 Auburn (634)
2005 Auburn (491)
2006 Auburn (480.5)
2007 Auburn (566)
2009 Auburn (526)

TENNIS (7)

Year Team W-L
1959 Tulane (tie)
1985 Georgia (36-1)
1987 Georgia (24-3)
1999 Georgia (26-5)
2001 Georgia (28-1)
2007 Georgia (32-0)
2008 Georgia (27-3)

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD (16)

Year Team W-L
1992 Arkansas (53)
1993 Arkansas (66)
1994 Arkansas (94)
1995 Arkansas (59)
1997 Arkansas (59)
1998 Arkansas (56)
1999 Arkansas (65)
2000 Arkansas (69.5)
2001 LSU (34)
2002 Tennessee (52)
2003 Arkansas (54)
2004 LSU (44.5)
2005 Arkansas (56)
2006 Arkansas (53)
2010 Florida (57)
2011 Florida (52)

OUTOOR TRACK & FIELD (18)

Year Team W-L
1933 LSU (58)
1974 Tennessee (60)
1989 LSU (53)
1990 LSU (44)
1991 Tennessee (51)
1992 Arkansas (60)
1993 Arkansas (69)
1994 Arkansas (83)
1995 Arkansas (61.5)
1996 Arkansas (55)
1997 Arkansas (55)
1998 Arkansas (58.5)
1999 Arkansas (59)
2001 Tennessee (50)
2002 LSU (64)
2003 Arkansas (59)
2004 Arkansas (65.5)
2005 Arkansas (60)

MEN'S TOTAL - 110

SINCE 2000 - 38



SEC ALL TIME NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

WOMEN

BASKETBALL (8)

Year Team W-L
1987 Tennessee (28-6)
1989 Tennessee (35-2)
1991 Tennessee (30-5)
1996 Tennessee (32-4)
1997 Tennessee (29-10)
1998 Tennessee (39-0)
2007 Tennessee (34-3)
2008 Tennessee (36-2)

BOWLING (1)

Year Team W-L
2007 Vanderbilt (74-14)

CROSS COUNTRY (1)

Year Team W-L
1988 Kentucky 75

GOLF (3)

Year Team W-L
1985 Florida 1218
1986 Florida 1180
2001 Georgia 1176

GYMNASTICS (15)

Year Team W-L
1987 Georgia 187.90
1988 Alabama 190.05
1989 Georgia 192.65
1991 Alabama 195.125
1993 Georgia 198.00
1996 Alabama 198.025
1998 Georgia 197.725
1999 Georgia 196.850
2002 Alabama 197.575
2005 Georgia 197.825
2006 Georgia 197.750
2007 Georgia 197.850
2008 Georgia 197.50
2009 Georgia 197.825
2011 Alabama 197.65

SOCCER (1)

Year Team W-L
1998 Florida (26-1)

SWIMMING & DIVING (15)

Year Team W-L
1982 Florida 505
1999 Georgia 504.5
2000 Georgia 490.5
2001 Georgia 389
2002 Auburn 474
2003 Auburn 536
2004 Auburn 569
2005 Georgia 609.5
2006 Auburn 518.5
2007 Auburn 535
2010 Florida 382

TENNIS (6)

Year Team W-L
1992 Florida 30-0
1994 Georgia 27-2
1996 Florida 31-0
1998 Florida 27-0
2000 Georgia 27-2
2003 Florida 31-2
2011 Florida 31-1

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD (14)

Year Team W-L
1987 LSU 49
1989 LSU 61
1991 LSU 48
1992 Florida 50
1993 LSU 49
1994 LSU 48
1995 LSU 40
1996 LSU 52
1997 LSU 49
2002 LSU 57
2003 LSU 62
2004 LSU 52
2005 Tennessee 46
2009 Tennessee 42

OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD (16)

Year Team W-L
1987 LSU 62
1988 LSU 61
1989 LSU 86
1990 LSU 53
1991 LSU 78
1992 LSU 87
1993 LSU 93
1994 LSU 86
1995 LSU 69
1996 LSU 81
1997 LSU 63
2000 LSU 58
2002 South Carolina 82
2003 LSU 64
2006 Auburn 57
2008 LSU 67

CO-ED RIFLE (16)

Year Team W-L
2011 Kentucky

WOMEN'S TOTAL -77
SINCE 2000 - 33

OVERALL TOTAL (Men's and Women's National Championships) - 187
SINCE 2000-71


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