Weak SEC OOC Schedule Explains Large Number of SEC Bowl Bids
You are a *******. You pretty much take whatever stats suit your argument and then pick and choose what works and then omit what does not support your argument (or you find an excuse why those bad facts/stats don't mean anything).
One thing that I've never really seen SEC fans explain is why their Out of Conference (OOC) schedules (for the most part) are so weak - it pretty much guarantees any decent/average team with 3-4 extra wins.
Therefore, going 3-5 in conference guarentees a bowl game, and with Vanderbilt, they pretty much just have to go 2-5 and every year there are at least 2-3 poor teams, which means it is not difficult for the SEC to get 8, 9, or 10 teams into bowls.
The whole "well, the SEC is so tough that they need a few cupcakes" argument is a bunch of BS and is pretty much just a self-fulfilling argument that for some reason too many people have bought into.
I'm not saying the SEC sucks, because it clearly does not and it is one of the premier football conferences, but the arrogance of SEC Fan is just ridiculous.
PAC-10 has been down the last 2 years, although Oregon and Stanford this year can play with anyone, but this year there was one BAD team (WSU) and a lot of decent teams - I would argue the same is true for the SEC this year, and most years.
But the difference comes down the weak SEC scheduling that gives each SEC team 3-4 easy OOC wins, plus Vanderbilt gives every team between 3-5 wins early in the season. For the most part each PAC-10 team has 2 games against non-AQ teams and then one BCS confernce OOC game - that is certainly not the case for the SEC.
The PAC-10 plays 9 conference games, compared to 8 for the SEC and most other conferences. One extra game may not seem like a big deal, but what you (and many others) seem to forget is that that one extra game means 5 more GUARANTEED losses for PAC-10 teams (SEC teams avoid this by playing weak OOC opponents) which has a huge impact on bowl eligibility.
This year for instance, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia (and possibly Florida) would not have gone bowling - that would mean a much more pedestrian 6-7 bowl games - or roughly 50%-60% of the conference. Good, but no better than most other conferences.