SEC football depth dominates in 2009

by Jeff Caveney
(Chicago, IL)

Has anyone taken a look at college football teams' overall records after the bowl games this season, conference by conference? I think an overall winning record after the bowl games is a fair indicator of a good team these days: either you have to finish 2 games above .500 in the regular season (7-5 or better) or if you finish 6-6, you have to win your bowl game.

Check out the breakdown of each conference's number of team with winning records after the bowl games this season. To be fair to the 3 teams that finished 6-6 and did not get invited to a bowl, I gave them half credit:

SEC: 10/12
Big 12: 7.5/12 (1 team 6-6)
Pac-10: 7/10
ACC: 7/12
Big East: 6/8
Conf USA: 6/12
Mt. West: 5/9
Big Ten: 5/11
Mid-Amer: 5/13
WAC: 4/9
Sun Belt: 3/9 (2 teams 6-6)

The SEC is so deep in good football teams that no other conference even comes close.

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Jan 07, 2010
Nice Perspective
by: mo

Thanks, unique and interesting perspective. I haven't seen that anywhere else in the great sports blogosphere.

Of course, the counter will be that maybe the SEC teams racked up wins with weak non-conference opponents. So, it would be interesting to compare the OOC strength of schedule of the various conferences.

I know before the season began Georgia's OOC schedule was ranked the toughest in America. But, I do think all in all the SEC does not schedule the toughest non-conference opponents. Of course, part of that could be that SEC games obviously cannot be considered for sec teams whereas they are for non-sec teams.

round and round we go.

anyway, thanks, nice hard stats about wins and losses. can't argue with em....

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