Jan 10, 2013
Vanderbilt capped their first nine win season since the Wilson administration (1915) and only the third in school history (1904 being the other year…yikes. Did they offer history as a class at Vandy then? If so, it must have been a two week course…)
Dec 05, 2012
Well, the SEC has made yet another BCS Championship game, much to the dismay of everyone else outside of the Southeast. I had to laugh when Bama was knocked off by Texas A&M and all the pundits were spouting off like they had been liberated from the Evil Empire, only a week later were they back in the Gulag. I just did a Nelson from the Simpson HA-HA!!!
Dec 04, 2012
Here is my Saturday afternoon/evening last week as I watched probably the greatest SEC Championship game ever since they have been doing this sort of thing back in 1992. We spent it with some VERY hardcore Georgia fans, so needless to say, it was a night.
We know SEC Football has been the best for at least the past SIX years. With Alabama's 2012 BCS Title; Auburn's BCS Championship last year (2010 - 2011), the SEC has now won 6 straight BCS Championships (no conference has ever won more than 3 straight college football national championships before); 7 of the past 9; and 8 total since the BCS system began 13 years ago. That's four times as many as any other conference.
But, what about next season, 2012? Well, we'll have more to come; but look out for LSU.
You won't be surprised that we are predicting the SEC will be the top college football conference, again, in 2012. And that LSU (or Alabama) will win it all again. If so, that will be 7 straight National Championships for the SEC. No other college football conference has ever done anything close to that before.
Dominance at the top of the college football world is certainly exciting for SEC football fans. But, just as significant to the overall strength of SEC football is the tremendous depth from 1 through 12. The SEC consistently sends more teams to bowl games than any other conference. Here's a review of all the 2010 - 2011 SEC bowl games.
If you are looking for tickets to an SEC football (or bowl) game, check out 2013 SEC Football Tickets.
Auburn's Jordan Hare Stadium. Thanks to Carolina Hornig at flickr.com for the picture.
SEC football is always spectacular. In fact, Southeastern Conference football games are simply the most exciting sports events in America. Every weekend there are always at least several amazing games.
The SEC is the best college sports conference because of its football. Football is the #1 college sport in America. Nothing compares to the fan interest and support that football receives. It has become our national sport. SEC football is simply the best spectator sport in America -- if not the world.
For this reason, in ranking the conferences, we have given extra weight to football. And it is the SEC's supremacy of college football, that, in the end, makes the SEC the #1 college sports conference.
How do we know SEC football is the best college football in America?
Crazy Florida Gator Football Fan. Thanks to bjsmith at flickr.com for the picture.
One of our readers might have put it best when he said:
The SEC is the #1 conference against ranked teams, the number 1 conference against top 10 teams, the number 1 conference against major teams and the number 1 conference in the rankings. In light of all that, I'd be uncomfortable saying the SEC is anything but the best conference ever. You can read more of what he had to say here.
Also, for instance, the Nov 21, 2007 USA Today sports page headline: "SEC Football Best College Has To Offer" summarized the general consensus at the time. And things obviously have only gotten better for SEC football since.
Or, how about the October 16, 2006 issue of Sports Illustrated the premier sports publication in America. The cover story is titled "SEC Power: On Any Given Saturday the Southeastern Conference Proves It's the Toughest in the Country."
Beyond that, look at history. When you compare the number of all-time Bowl Appearances; Bowl Victories; National Championships; National Rankings; and just Plain Old Wins SEC Football is #1 in them all.
The SEC has the most alumni playing in the NFL. The 2008 NFL opening day active rosters showed 259 former SEC football players on NFL rosters. The ACC was second with 254 players; the Big Ten was third with 227; Pac-10 -- 178; Big 12 -- 170; Big East -- 87. The SEC has led all conferences with the most NFL players every year since 2001. In the 2009 NFL draft, again, the SEC led all conferences with 8 first rounders and 37 players drafted overall. (For info on how individual SEC teams ranked, see SEC Schools With Most NFL Players).
The SEC has led the nation in football attendance for 13 straight years in 2010 averaging 76,719 (just short of the record set by the SEC in 2008 of 76,844) fans per game! Amazing. Really, that fact alone says it all.
Thanks to ukathletics.com for photos 2 and 8 above. Thanks to flickr.com/photos/bjmillican for photos # 5, 7, and 9; flickr.com/photos/alabamageographer for photo 3; flickr.com/photos/royce58 for photo 4; flickr.com/photos/motionblur for photo 6; flickr.com/photos/e-moose7 for photo 10; and flickr.com/photos/slarche for photo 11. Some or all rights are reserved for these photos.
In 2006, the SEC led all conferences in winning percentage vs. non-conference opponents with an incredible .854 winning percentage. In 2007, and again in 2008, the SEC was tops with a 47-10 non-conference record.
According to the 2008 SEC Football Fan guide the SEC holds an all-time 72.8% non-conference winning percentage (not including bowl games). From '92 - 07 the percentage was 77.2 % in the regular season and 60.6 in bowl games.
Check out this blog for a great study on why SEC football is simply tougher than football in other conferences.
And -- to see the future of SEC football, we need only look at current recruiting. There, again, the SEC not only leads -- it dominates. Every year the SEC has more schools than any other conference in the top 10; top 20; and top 30 in recruiting. The early 2010 recruiting rankings are no exception. Rivals.com has the SEC, right now, with 4 of top 10 (LSU, FL, AL, GA).
Year in and year out the SEC has more teams than any other conference ranked in the Top 25.
Simply put, no conference compares to the SEC for its depth, competitiveness, talent, football history and football culture.
When you are in a state with an SEC football team and that team is playing a home game you probably know about it because it is probably the biggest thing going on in the entire state.
During every home game at Tennessee Neyland Stadium becomes the 5th biggest city in the state. Actually the 4th biggest because, during the game, there are actually more people in the stadium (110,000 or so) than in the city of Knoxville.
In the end, it is all about the fans. Ultimately, the conference with the best fans will have the most support for its football program and over time that is the key to why the SEC is #1.
How do we rank the other conferences in Football?
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If you are interested in head-to-head comparisons between the SEC and
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We also have head-to-head SEC East vs SEC West stats at SEC East vs SEC West All-Time. You'll see the West as a comfortable edge through 2010.
Now, for our SEC Football Rankings and Previews
Click on the team name to read more about each team. The most current previews and reviews of each weeks' games are at SEC Football Blog.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide -- National Champs!! Nuff said. Allstate BCS Championship. Tough schedule. But, with 10 defensive starters returning from the top-ranked defense in the nation last year -- the Tide will lose one game (they lost to LSU) but win all the rest -- including the Sugar Bowl.
3. Arkansas Razorbacks -- Nice win in the Cotton Bowl. Ended up ranked #5 nationally. AT&T Cotton Bowl. Sure, the Hogs lost Ryan Mallett, DJ Williams and DeMarcus Love. Still, there's lots of talent left. This team will surprise folks. We're looking for 3rd in TOUGH SEC West.
4. Texas A&M Aggies -- Lots to love on the offensive side of the ball as an up tempo offense broke several school records for passing, scoring and total offense in 2011. Up front are three names you will be hearing about on Sunday: Jake Matthews, Patrick Lewis and Luke Joeckel, and they will open the holes for stud RB Christine Michael, who was lost last year with a torn ACL.
5. South Carolina Gamecocks -- Sweet win over Nebraska. Ended season ranked #9 nationally. Look like the teamto beat in the SEC East in 2012. Capital One Bowl. Spurrier has this program is headed in the right direction. The Cocks won the SEC East for the first time ever last year. Look out for top recruit Jadeveon Clowney at Defensive End. We pick South Carolina to repeat as Champs of the relatively weak SEC East.
8. Mississippi State Bulldogs -- Franklin American Mortgage Music City. The Bulldogs stepped up big time last year -- winning the Gator Bowl by a score of 52-14 over Michigan. Could they take the next step and challenge for the SEC title. With a few lucky bounces they could. But, we don't think it will happen. Still, they'll be in a lot of games and win another bowl.
9. Florida Gators -- New Coach Will Muschamp will get Florida back. Just not this year. It's a young team. They'll have a winning record and get a bowl bid. Don't expect much more this year.
10. Missouri Tigers -- The Tiger secondary returns seven players with starting experience. Defensive ends Brad Madison and Sheldon Richardson should be playing on Sunday, and if they can rebound from off season should surgery, they will be a force.
11. Vanderbilt Commodores -- AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Last in the SEC -- some things never change. Too bad, the Dores do compete; they just don't have the talent to win consistently in Southeastern Conference football.
13. Ole Miss Rebels -- Last in the SEC West. The Rebs will be lucky to win any SEC West games. It's just too tough. Miss. State has passed them by both in recruiting and on the field.
14. Kentucky Wildcats -- Losing WR Randall Cobb and QB Mike Hartline will be too tough to overcome. Look for another 5th place finish in the SEC East. Although, given how weak Tennessee is and the rivalry game being in Lexington, this could be the year (after a quarter century of losses)....
If you want more information, opinion or discussion about the football programs of any of the SEC schools, click on the name of the team (above) and that will take you to their page. You can catch your favorite SEC team in action each week with football tickets from GoTickets.com.
Ole Miss football takes the field at Florida. Thanks to bjsmith at flickr.com for the picture.
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