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Top All-Time SEC Football Team Survey



How bout a fan's top all-time SEC football team survey?

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), SEC Sports Fan has joined with 1st-N-Goal to highlight the SEC schools that have won a National Championship. In all, nine schools have won 28 titles.

We'd like to see which of those 28 teams -- the FANS think was the greatest all-time SEC football team. UPDATE: Actually we have added a 29th team due to this reader's comment about the 1952 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Also, we will be adding some of the recent national championship teams from the SEC. For now, just write them in if you think they are the best.

You can help by giving your opinion in two different ways. You can:

  • Publish your opinion by using the form at the bottom of this page. If you do that, please back up your choice with some facts - at least a few sentences to support your opinion. And/or

  • Take the quick poll at the very bottom of this page.



We say the 1961 Alabama team was the best SEC team ever. In fact, we say they were the best team ever in all of college football. You can read that opinion at Best All-Time NCAA College Football Team.

But, of course, that's just our opinion; you could think another team was better - and you might be right.

So, take the poll and give us your opinion!

Now, to give everyone lots of ammunition to use as the basis for the argument, below are 4 tables with lots of statistics.

Here's what the numbers in the tables below tell you for each of the 28 SEC football teams that won national championships:

  1. Team Win-Loss-Tie Record

  2. Team Win Percentage

  3. Opponents Win Percentage

  4. Team Offensive Scoring Average

  5. Team Defensive Scoring Average (average of points given up)

  6. Net Scoring Average (points scored minus opponents points; divided by games played)

  7. Average Margin of Victory (points scored in games won minus opponents points scored in those games; divided by number of wins)



NCAA Official Record National Champs


(SEC National Champs since official NCAA records recorded)


W-L-T Win % Opps Win % OSA DSA NSA AMV
1961 Alabama 11-0 1.000 .530 27.0 2.3 24.7 24.7
1964 Alabama 10-1 .909 .637 22.7 8.0 14.7 21.6
1965 Alabama 9-1-1 .864 .596 23.3 9.7 13.5 16.7
1973 Alabama 11-1 .917 .574 39.8 9.4 30.3 33.2
1978 Alabama 11-1 .917 .636 28.8 14.0 14.8 17.0
1979 Alabama 12-0 1.000 .496 31.9 5.6 26.3 26.3
1992 Alabama 13-0 1.000 .594 28.2 9.4 18.8 18.8
1957 Auburn 10-0 1.000 .557 20.7 2.8 17.9 17.9
1996 Florida 12-1 .923 .675 47.0 17.0 30 32.8
2006 Florida 13-1 .929 .690 29.7 13.5 16.2 18.2
1980 Georgia 12-0 1.000 .455 27.8 11.4 16.3 16.3
1958 LSU 11-0 1.000 .574 25.6 4.8 20.8 20.8
2003 LSU 13-1 .929 .569 33.9 11.1 22.9 25.6
1960 Mississippi 10-0-1 .955 .617 25.5 6.4 21.0 19.1
1952 Georgia Tech 12-0
1951 Tennessee 10-0 1.000 .662 35.1 10.5 27.0 27.0
1998 Tennessee 13-0 1.000 .586 33.2 14.5 18.6 18.6


Pre-NCAA Official Record National Champs (also pre-AP poll)


W-L-T Win % Opps Win % OSA DSA NSA AMV
1934 Alabama 10-0 1.000 .592 31.6 4.5 27.1 27.1
1936 Alabama 8-0-1 .944 .617 18.7 3.9 14.8 14.8
1935 LSU 9-2-0 .818 .668 20.3 3.7 16.6 20.7
1936 LSU 9-1-1 .864 .593 26.8 4.9 21.9 27.6


Pre-SEC
(This is a debatable category as obviously these great seasons occurred prior to formation of the SEC in 1932.)

W-L-T Win % Opps Win % OSA DSA NSA AMV
1925 Alabama 10-0 1.000 .632 29.7 2.6 27.1 27.1
1926 Alabama 9-0-1 .950 .583 24.9 2.7 22.2 24.7
1930 Alabama 10-0 1.000 .721 27.1 1.3 25.8 25.8
1927 Tennessee 8-0-1 .944 .426 27.2 2.9 24.3 27.4
1928 Tennessee 9-0-1 .950 .555 24.9 5.1 19.8 22.0
1928 Georgia Tech 10-0 1.000 .624 22.1 4.7 17.4 17.4
1929 Tulane 9-0-0 1.000 .429 31.0 5.0 26.0 26.0
1931 Tulane 11-1 .958 .608 29.2 4.7 24.5 27.5


SUMMARY
(Combines all categories and comes up with one number)


Rating Season Team
1 22.88 1925 Alabama
2 21.75 1930 Alabama
3 20.88 1934 Alabama
4 19.63 1951 Tennessee
5 19.50 1931 Tulane
6 18.38 1996 Florida
7 18.13 1973 Alabama
8 17.38 1979 Alabama
9 17.00 1961 Alabama
10 16.43 1929 Tulane
11 15.00 1992 Alabama
12 14.75 1928 Georgia Tech
13 14.63 1926 Alabama
13 14.63 1958 LSU
13 14.63 1998 Tennessee
16 14.50 2003 LSU
17 13.29 1927 Tennessee
18 12.88 1936 LSU
19 12.50 1960 Mississippi
19 12.50 2006 Florida
21 12.00 1978 Alabama
22 11.25 1935 LSU
23 11.75 1957 Auburn
23 11.75 1980 Georgia
25 10.57 1928 Tennessee
26 10.50 1964 Alabama
27 8.43 1936 Alabama
28 6.75 1965 Alabama


So, you can see that our pick - '61 Alabama Crimson Tide -- comes in 9th based on the average of these stats. [Although their 2.3 DSA is the lowest Defensive Scoring Average of any NCAA Div. I College Football Champion in history.]

In any event, for the reasons discussed at Best All-Time NCAA College Football Team, we'll stick with them.

We think the above stats are very interesting and informative, but have to be weighed against the dramatic improvement in the quality of college football since its early days.

Today, college football is much bigger, stronger, and more even (parity) then it was back in the 20's and 30's. Not to discount what teams did back then, but it was much easier to run up huge scores against weak competition during that era.

Maybe that same argument could be made about the '61 Bama team (although to a lesser extent). But, in any event, it certainly is debatable. We think weighing everything, Bear Bryant's first national championship team was the best college football team ever.

But, we'd love to hear what you think.

If interested, there's lots more information on this site about SEC national championship teams. Here's a list of some places you might want to check out:


Again, thanks to Tex Noel, from 1st-N-Goal for providing the statistics in the tables above. You might be interested in reading his new and outstanding book about college football history. You can find out more about it at Great Early College Football History Book.






What do you think?

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What Other Visitors Have Said

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1952 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets  
Well i really can not understand how the 1952 Georgia Tech team was omitted from your list. GT rightfully claims the NC per 1 of the national news services …

student (of the game) 
Why no mention anywhere of the Tennessee teams of the early- or late-30s? Weren't the 38-9-40 squads undefeated in regular season play, or darn close to …

1938, 1940, 1950, and 1967 Tennessee Vols Football Teams Not rated yet
All four of these teams were recognized as official National Champions by the NCAA. The 1956 team is also recognized by Sagarin, which is an offical NCAA …

very biased, you must be a bammer Not rated yet
I can't deny that UA's 1961 team may have been the best, but... Auburn's 1914 team was undefeated, outscoring opponents 193 to ZERO. That should qualify …

2003 LSU Was the Best! Not rated yet
the 2003 lsu team was the best. nobody could stop them. the 2008 florida team was awesome too

NYBAMAFAN Not rated yet
We always forget the 1966 un-defeated team. The sports world could not bear another consecutive BAMA National Title so they let Mich. and N.D. split the …

'61 Alabama is NOT the Best College Football Team of All-Time Not rated yet
I agree on the SEC being the toughest division top to bottom in college football and I can see your point on most of the other "bests" for the SEC, although …

Not True: There was college football parity in the 1920's and 1930's Not rated yet
What you say about lack of parity and ease of running up scores in the '20's and '30's is simply not true. There is much more difference between college …

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