The SEC has looked less dominant this season, and there are two undefeated teams in the conference remaining: Missouri (East) and Alabama (West). Missouri faces a ranked Florida squad in Week 8, and Alabama faces Arkansas. (Both covered in previous slides.)
Over the past seven weeks, 12 SEC teams have fallen to various opponents.
Half of the season and well over half the required conference games are left. As the teams play more conference games, the loss count for the teams will grow more quickly. Alabama still has major contests against Tennessee, LSU and Auburn left on its schedule, and Missouri has Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas A&M remaining.
Can the SEC even put a team in the national title game, or did the balance of power officially shift when Hugh Freeze landed the No. 5 recruiting class? Freeze kept talent in the conference, but he took it from the elite SEC teams.
Is the SEC that elite anymore? It hasn't looked like it yet, but Alabama seems to be coming along nicely. Unfortunately, "coming along nicely" doesn't win national titles.
If Arkansas and Florida can knock off the SEC unbeatens, the conference's reign may unofficially end in Week 8.