With the SEC off to a 3-3 start this postseason, we thought it might be time for a little refresher course on the league’s past bowl success. It seems the SEC’s reputation has been so enhanced in recent years that any bowl loss by a league member is seen as proof that Mike Slive’s conference really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And if you have to go undefeated each and every bowl season just to get props, well, that’s a pretty tough standard to meet.
In reality, the SEC since 2000 has won right at 60% of its bowl games. Considering the fact that league teams usually face bowl foes who finished higher in their own conference’s standings, that’s a pretty darn good record. (Examples: When the SEC sends its eighth or ninth pick to the Liberty Bowl, it faces the champion from Conference USA. The Chick-fil-A Bowl matches the second pick from the ACC with the fifth pick from the SEC. And so on.)
Last season the Southeastern Conference finished the postseason 6-3. Pretty strong. But in 2010-11 the SEC went 5-5. So a 3-3 start isn’t anything to cry about.
The league has made its name by winning six consecutive BCS Championship Games and Alabama will have a shot to win #7 on Monday against Notre Dame. In addition, the SEC has gone 14-6 in BCS games since the 2000 season (including last night’s loss by Florida). Only the Pac-12 has bested the SEC’s BCS winning percentage (70.5% to 70.0%) over that span. And remember, one of the SEC’s losses in that period came in last year’s Alabama/LSU BCS title game. In other words, the Southeastern Conference is responsible for one of its own defeats.
But for those who want an idea of how well the conferences stack up against one another, below is a breakdown of each league’s bowl success and BCS success from 2000 through today. To the right, we’ve also listed this season’s bowl results to date:
|Conference||All Bowls ’00-’12||BCS Bowls ’00-’12||All Bowls 2012||BCS Bowls 2012|
|Big East||42-24 (63.6%)||8-5||3-1||1-0|
|Big XII||51-49 (51.0%)||8-9||4-3||0-0|
|Sun Belt||9-13 (40.9%)||0-0||1-2||0-0|
|Big Ten||37-57 (39.3%)||8-14||2-5||0-1|
There are five bowl games remaining this season:
Tostitos Fiesta: Kansas State (Big XII) vs Oregon (Pac-12)
AT&T Cotton: Oklahoma (Big XII) vs Texas A&M (SEC)
BBVA Compass: Pittsburgh (Big East) vs Ole Miss (SEC)
GoDaddy.com: Arkansas State (Sun Belt) vs Kent State (MAC)
Discover BCS Championship Game: Alabama (SEC) vs Notre Dame (Independent)