The dynamic offenses that once tore up and down the fields of the SEC were hard to come by during the 2011 season due to the stifling defenses found throughout the conference.
Five conference teams finished ranked in the top eight out of all FCS teams in total defense outdistancing the SEC from the rest of college football with Alabama finishing the season No. 1, LSU No. 2, South Carolina No. 3, Georgia No. 5 and Florida No. 8.
The depth of talent did not stop there, as three more teams notched top 50 defensive efforts with Vanderbilt No. 18, Mississippi State No. 35 and Arkansas No. 47.
The tough defenses in the SEC not only shut down conference rivals but showed dominance in non-conference action during the regular season and in bowl games.
When the 2011 season concluded, University of Arkansas was the only SEC team ranked in the top 30 in total offense last season with Alabama closing in ranking No. 31.
The pendulum appears to be swinging back to the offense with the exodus of top defensive players from all high ranking teams to graduation and early entry to the NFL. The emergence of dominating skill players on the other side of the ball promises the return of offensive firepower to the SEC and college football in 2012.
The top returning playmakers will not only excite college football fans but could lead the SEC to their seventh straight BCS National Championship Trophy.
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