Through it's entire history, the SEC has been a rushing conference.
There have been a few pass first teams that were successful over time, but the majority of teams succeeded or failed with the running game.
There is one commonality amongst all successful rushing teams. The offense starts with the offensive line. These are the behemoth players that must control the line of scrimmage to allow for a successful ground attack.
This is a conference known for its tough defenses. Every team that wishes to contend for the SEC title must have a successful rushing attack.
Let’s take a look at the offensive line of the six contenders for the SEC title in the coming season. This could give some insight into what team might be the eventual winner.
Power is at a premium for the offensive lineman. He must have other qualities, but power is his main tool.
To generate power and momentum, he must have enough weight. How big are the offensive lines in the SEC?
Here is the average weight by position for each team.
In comparison, Boise State averages 290 lbs. across their offensive line and Ohio State averages 304.6 lbs. Some experts consider them major contenders for the BCS title.
The average SEC team is 1778 lbs. total across their front seven on defense.