The SEC may be king of college football, but it's hard to make the same case when you ignore the exploits of teams like Alabama, LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, and Auburn.
In fact, if you take the top six teams in the conference away, the SEC has not only lost every ranked program from 2011, but it has also lost four top ten programs.
While not ranking the SEC number one in anything is usually enough to send a southern football fan into an apoplectic fit, there's two big reasons why the SEC comes in second.
First, statically speaking, the SEC's bottom six were able to win 5.33 games per program in 2011—which is second amongst all conferences.
Second, we have to take in the qualitative area of program prestige.
While no one can argue that the SEC is home to some of the greatest college football programs the nation has to offer, it's also home to programs that are still an afterthought to most fans around the country.
Kentucky may be home to one of the top basketball programs anywhere in the United States, but the top football recruits don't go looking for scholarship offers from the Wildcats.
Vanderbilt may be one of the brightest academic stars east of Mississippi, but that star is considerably more faint when talking about the gridiron.
And while we understand SEC fans will vehemently disagree, especially given the strength of the top half of the conference, we're placing the bottom have of the SEC in our number two spot.
After all, getting blown out by Alabama isn't something to brag about, is it?