May 8th, 2013 09:58 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, SEC
Don’t tell Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops that the SEC is special. When discussing the gap between the Southeastern Conference and his own league, the Big XII, on Monday, the Sooners’ coach had this to say:
“Well, it depends on what gap you’re talking about. What are the bottom six doing?
… So they’ve had the best team in college football. They haven’t had the whole conference. Because, again, half of ‘em haven’t done much at all. I’m just asking you. You tell me...
So you’re listening to a lot of propaganda that gets fed out to you. You’re more than smart enough to figure it out. Again, you can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams, and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are. How well are they all doing?”
This is the new argument for folks outside the SEC. “Well, it’s really just a few schools that are good.” Unfortunately, that’s a hollow argument. Here’s why:
|Conference||Teams Winning BCS Titles|
|SEC||5 (Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Tennessee)|
|Big XII||2 (Oklahoma, Texas)|
|ACC||1 (Florida State)|
|Big East||1 (Miami, FL)|
|Big Ten||1 (Ohio State)|
|Pac-12||1 (Southern Cal – Vacated)|
Has everyone in the SEC won a championship during the BCS era? No, but five teams have… which is more than double the number of title-winning teams any other league has produced in recent years. That seems like a rather sizable gap.
Obviously, no league can have 14 schools all win in a given year. League-mates beat up on one another. But top to bottom — that’s top to bottom – the SEC dominates everyone else come bowl season, sending more teams to bowls and winning almost 60% of those games.
Traditionally speaking, the bottom programs of the SEC have been Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt. Last season, Vandy beat the ACC’s North Carolina State in a bowl game. The Commodores have won two bowls and been to three since 2008.
Last season, Ole Miss beat the Big East’s Pittsburgh in a bowl game. The Rebels also won a pair of Cotton Bowls over Big XII teams Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
Last season, Mississippi State fell to Northwestern (Big Ten) in its bowl, but the Bulldogs have won their other two bowls since 2009 beating Michigan (Big Ten) and Wake Forest (ACC).
Kentucky has fallen on hard times in recent years, but the Wildcats have been to five bowls since the 2006 season and won three of them (over Clemson, Florida State and East Carolina).
And speaking of the Wildcats, perhaps Mark Stoops can clue his brother in on the dangers of the SEC when he runs the league’s gauntlet for the first time this fall. Though Brother Bob should already know all about the SEC. He’s lost to both LSU and Florida in BCS Championship Games.
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