SEC Proves Dominance: Promising First Week For The Conference

Keith EsclavonContributor ISeptember 7, 2009

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 05:  Dont'a Hightower #30 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a defensive stop against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Georgia Dome on September 5, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Southeastern Conference has arguably been the top conference in College Football this decade. Critics may argue elsewise but the truth lies within the wins and losses for the conference in the past few years. This talented group of teams came out this opening week to prove their dominance over other major conferences. All twelve teams competed for their first win of the new season, eleven of the twelve accomplished that feat.

Let's go ahead and mention the one team that did suffer a loss this Saturday. The Georgia Bulldogs fell 24-10 to the top ten ranked team in Oklahoma State. Georgia came in as underdogs and fell just a few plays short of winning the game.

Typically you have your weaker teams within the conference, normally being Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and South Carolina in the East and Arkansas, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss (recently on the uprise) in the west. This can no longer be said, all teams in the conference have been able to bring in talented players nationwide and no one can be looked past anymore.

South Carolina started the conference off with a defensive battle against North Carolina State Thursday night. The Gamecocks pulled away with a 7-3 win and go into next week with a game against the only team in the SEC with a loss, Georgia. Both Kentucky and Vanderbilt came out Saturday pitching shutouts. Vanderbilt shut down Western Carolina 45-0, while breaking several team rushing records in the process. Kentucky shutout a formidable opponent in Miami (OH) 42-0 after a close 0-0 first quarter.

Tennessee and Florida came out and put up huge numbers against their opponents. Tennessee whacked Western Kentucky 63-7, only giving up 83 total yards and putting up 657 of their own. Florida didn't beat the +73 spread given by odds makers but they did put up a 63-3 performance against Charleston Southern, benching key players early.

Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Arkansas all put up 35 plus point wins. Ole Miss was in a tight game with Memphis Sunday afternoon until Ole Miss quarterback Jeavan Sneed led the Rebels to a 28 point 4th quarter. LSU won a late Saturday night game over Washington 31-23. Washington proved that they aren't the same 0-12 team from last year, but LSU was too strong pulling away with 3 passing touchdowns from quarterback Jordan Jefferson.

Alabama got the conference a marquee win in a primetime win over the ACC's Virginia Tech. College Gameday was in Atlanta to witness the 34-24 win over the Hokies as the Tide rolled to another huge week one victory over a quality opponent. Trailing by one heading into the 4th quarter, the Tide put up 18 points in the 4th quarter to defeat another ACC contender.

Granted some of the conferences wins weren't against big name teams, the eleven teams proved dominance with impressive performances in week one. With all teams playing like this, the schedules are packed with interesting matchups throughout the season. No one can look past an in conference game this year and get away with it. Will the SEC continue to run strong throughout the rest of the season in out of conference games? Will the BCS Championship game be took by an SEC team yet again? Only time will tell, but the SEC came out where they left off with spectacular performances all around.