We all know what SEC team won the conference last year. Some of us also remember what SEC teams won the conference in previous years.
I bet most of us do not know what SEC teams were most successful over time.
Let's see how your memory is over the years. Some of us will find out how their teams did before they were born. It is an interesting fact journey worth taking.
All courtesy of STASSEN.com.
The top five SEC teams from 2000 to 2009 were:
1. Florida: with a record of 100-30—it was a remarkable decade.
2. LSU: with a record of 99-31—it was the best decade ever for them.
3. Georgia had a record of 98-31, but never really got over the hump.
4. Auburn had a record of 88-39 in a decade of unmet expectations.
5. Tennessee, with a record of 83-44, fell into mediocrity.
The winning habits of these five teams were the biggest factor in the SEC being regarded as the strongest conference of the decade. Will a conference rise up and challenge the SEC for the lead? Only time will tell.
National rankings for these teams were impressive:
From 1990-2009 these SEC teams set a standard of excellence.
1. Florida had a remarkable record of 202-52 in two decades of winning in the best conference in college football.
2. Tennessee was Florida's main rival during this period with a record of 182-66.
3. Georgia was third in an SEC Eastern Division that proved stronger than the West, with a record of 170-74.
4. Auburn was the strongest team in the SEC West during this period with a record of 160-79.
5. LSU was the second strongest team in the SEC West with a record of 153-89.
Nationally these teams ranked:
If you go back 30 years, some things remain the same:
1. Florida, with 278 wins against 90 losses, is remarkably consistent.
2. Georgia was 259-101 during this same period—again, consistency.
3. Tennessee was 259-103—no doubt the SEC East has been strong for a while.
4. Auburn was consistently good in the SEC West with a record of 246-110.
5. Alabama gets into the picture with a record of 226-121.
Florida, Georgia, Auburn, and Tennessee were the only teams to be consistent through the last three decades. Will these teams dominate the SEC for the next decade?
LSU is the next team that has been in the top tier of the SEC for two decades straight. Can they make it three in a row?
Both Arkansas and Alabama are attempting to put together strong, consistent programs. Could they rise into the top tier this decade?
Alabama has risen to 33rd nationally with a record of 28-17 in the last five years. (Alabama has some vacated games in this period.)
Arkansas is right behind at 51st nationally with a record of 35-28.
Florida is 57-10 during the last five years.
LSU is 51-15.
Georgia is 48-17.