To understand SEC football, you have to know something about SEC football history.
If you've spent any time at all on this web site, you already know the Southeastern Conference (SEC) is the best college sports conference and that the biggest reason for that is because of SEC football. With Texas A&M and Missouri joining the conference in 2012, the Southeastern conference now has 14 members. You can read current 2012 previews of each football team from the links below.
The SEC was created in 1932 by 13 schools, (first played football in '33) located about the Appalachian Mountains area. The schools departed from the Southern Conference to establish their own conference.
Today, the first 10 teams (of the 13) listed above remain members of the SEC.
Sewanee left the SEC in 1940 and is currently part of the Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Georgia Tech departed the SEC in 1964 and later became a founding member of the Metro Conference, until joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1978. Tulane left the SEC in 1966, also to become a charter member of the Metro Conference until the establishment of the Conference USA in 1995.
In 1990, the University of Arkansas (from the Southwest Conference) and the University of South Carolina (from the ACC) joined the SEC. They began play in the SEC in 1992. The addition of these teams upped the total number of SEC schools to 12, facilitating the creation of the Western and Eastern Divisions.
Some of the best all-time SEC football players have included Herschell Walker, Joe Namath, Bo Jackson, and the father-sons contribution of the Manning clan (Archie, Eli, and Peyton).
A few of the best all-time SEC football coaches have included Paul "Bear" Bryant (Alabama and Kentucky), Shug Jordan (Auburn), and Bob Neyland (Tennessee).
SEC football stadiums are generally some of the largest in the country. Some of the best SEC football stadiums have become American cultural icons. For instance, the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium holds the largest capacity in the SEC and third largest in the NCAA with 104,079 seats. Some have called it the best stadium in college football.
Here's a brand new article listing one person's educated opinion ranking the SEC football stadiums from 1 - 12.
The heart of SEC football is its rivalries. In fact, SEC football history is largely defined by those rivalries. Each of the 12 SEC schools has two or three major rivalry games each year. Some of the best all-time SEC football rivalries include:
Since 1920, SEC football teams have captured 30 National Championships (depending on which poll you rely on). They are:
Here's an article about Auburn's 2011 BCS National Championship. In that article you'll find lots of up-to-date info about the glorious history of SEC football.
You can find many, many more articles about the history of Southeastern Conference football at SEC Football. And, if you love college football history, you'll enjoy this take on College Football Yesterday and Today.
Here's a "few" more:
Don't forget to check out our SEC football blog.
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