Aug 18

The Reason

Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC  Tags: SEC, Big Ten, ACC, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, BCS

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Unless your favorite team is a member of the Southeastern Conference, chances are you are sick and tired of hearing about how great it is. Yes, there is certainly no shortage of media praise for the league that spans the Southern states. But it is mostly deserved. The SEC lays claim to the last four national championships, and seven of the last 14. On top of that, they bost a long list of out-of-conference wins over the last five years. Nothing lasts forever, but as of right now, this league is king. Here is the reason.

The reason for the SEC image is simple: They win a lot of games against teams from other leagues.

LSU has done a majority of the damage with signature wins over Oklahoma, Miami, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech since 2003. The first game that catches my eye as the resurgence of the SEC as the best league came back in that 2003 season, when LSU beat Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl for the national title. That national title was the first of five over the next seven years for the conference. After that, a whole buffet of OOC wins started coming the SEC's way.

WINS

Here is a look at the big wins for the SEC over the last five years:

2005:

LSU 35, Arizona St 31

Florida 34, Florida State 7

Georgia 48, Boise State 13

Georgia 14, Georgia Tech 7

LSU 40, Miami 3 (Peach Bowl)

Florida 31, Iowa 24 (Outback Bowl)

Alabama 13, Texas Tech 10 (Cotton Bowl)

2006:

Auburn 40, Washington State 14

LSU 45, Arizona 3

Florida 21, Florida State 14

Georgia 14, Colorado 13

South Carolina 31, Clemson 28

Tennessee 35, California 18

Georgia 15, Georgia Tech 12

Kentucky 28, Clemson 20 (Music City Bowl)

South Carolina 44, Houston 36 (Liberty Bowl)

Georgia 31, Virginia Tech 24 (Chick-Fil-A Bowl)

Auburn 17, Nebraska 14 (Cotton Bowl)

LSU 41, Notre Dame 14 (Sugar Bowl)

Florida 41, Ohio State 14 (BCS Title Game)

2007:

Auburn 23, Kansas State 13

LSU 48, Virginia Tech 7

Florida 45, Florida State 12

Georgia 35, Oklahoma State 14

South Carolina 21, North Carolina 15

Georgia 31, Georgia Tech 17

Mississippi State 10, UCF 3 (Liberty Bowl)

Alabama 30, Colorado 24 (Independence Bowl)

Kentucky 35, Florida State 28 (Music City Bowl)

Auburn 23, Clemson 20 - OT (Chick-Fil-A Bowl)

Tennessee 21, Wisconsin 17 (Outback Bowl)

 Georgia 41, Hawaii 10 (Sugar Bowl)

LSU 38, Ohio State 24 ( BCS Title Game)

2008:

Alabama 34, Clemson 10

LSU 41, App State 13

Florida 26, Miami 3

Florida 45, Florida State 15

Georgia 27, Arizona State 10

South Carolina 34, NC State 0

Vanderbilt 16, Boston College 14 (Music City Bowl)

LSU 38, Georgia Tech 3 (Chick-Fil-A Bowl)

Georgia 24, Michigan State 12 (Capital One Bowl)

Mississippi 47, Texas Tech 34 (Cotton Bowl)

Florida 24, Oklahoma 14 (BCS Title Game)

2009:

Alabama 34, Virginia Tech 24

Auburn 41, West Virginia 30

Arkansas 47, Texas A&M 19

LSU 31, Washington 23

Florida 37, Florida State 10

Georgia 20, Arizona State 17

South Carolina 7, NC State 3

South Carolina 34, Clemson 17

Georgia 44, Texas A&M 20 (Independence Bowl)

Auburn 38, Northwestern 35 - OT (Outback Bowl)

Florida 51, Cincinnati 24 (Sugar Bowl)

Mississippi 21, Oklahoma State 7 (Cotton Bowl)

Alabama 37, Texas 21 (BCS Title Game)

LOSSES

But it hasn't all gone super for the SEC, and that is the reason for the heated debates that spring up in our message board forum. The Big Ten has probably had the most luck against the SEC, with USC and Cal out West also offering up a few good butt-whoopings, as well.

Arkansas is perhaps the league's worst performer in the big ones as they got blasted twice by Southern Cal, and once by Texas, and lost a couple of bowl games.

Here is a look at the losses the SEC has taken in big games over the last five seasons:

2005:

Georgia Tech 23, Auburn 14

USC 70, Arkansas 17

Clemson 13, South Carolina 9

Notre Dame 41, Tennessee 21

Missouri 38, South Carolina 31 (Independence bowl)

Wisconsin 24, Auburn 10 (Capital One Bowl)

West Virginia 38, Georgia 35 (Sugar Bowl)

2006:

USC 50, Arkansas 14

Missouri 34, Mississippi 7

West Virginia 42, Mississippi State 14

Oklahoma State 34, Alabama 31 (Independence Bowl)

Penn State 20, Tennessee 10 (Outback Bowl)

Wisconsin 17, Arkansas 14 (Capital One Bowl)

2007:

Florida State 21, Alabama 14

West Virginia 38, Mississippi State 13

Clemson 23, South Carolina 21

California 45, Tennessee 31

Missouri 38, Arkansas 7 (Cotton Bowl)

Michigan 41, Florida 35 (Capital One Bowl)

2008:

West Virginia 34, Auburn 17

Texas 52, Arkansas 10

Wake Forest 30, Mississippi 28

Georgia Tech 38, Mississippi State 7

Georgia Tech 45, Georgia 42

Clemson 31, South Carolina 14

UCLA 27, Tennessee 24

Wyoming 13, Tennessee 7

Iowa 31, South Carolina 10 (Outback Bowl)

Utah 31, Alabama 17

2009:

Georgia Tech 42, Mississippi State 31

Oklahoma State 24, Georgia 10

UCLA 19, Tennessee 15

Clemson 21, Kentucky 13 (Music City Bowl)

Virginia Tech 37, Tennessee 14 (Chick-Fil-A Bowl)

Penn State 19, LSU 17 (Capital One Bowl)

UConn 20, South Carolina 7 (PapaJohns.com Bowl) 

 

So as you can see, the SEC has some major hardware, but hasn't dominated quite as much as people think. Still though, with a record of 57-35 in the "big games" I listed above, this league is top-dog for now....The 2010 season is just around the corner, and there are lots of teams ready for another crack at the SEC!



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