The SEC was not very strong this week defensively. There were a couple of great performances followed by a slew of mediocre to terrible performances. It would be great as an SEC fan if I could attribute some of the terrible performances to great opposing offenses but that is just not the case this time around. I’d love to give Kentucky a pass because they did play powerhouse Florida, but the Gator’s starting offense did not account for any of the 48 points hung on the Wildcats. Ole Miss struggled again against a WAC opponent and Tennessee made Conference USA opponent UAB look like a Sam Bradford led Oklahoma team.
Normally known for tough defense and grind it out offenses, the SEC did not live up to their reputation this week. It was hard to rank the defenses because the bottom five all deserved to be in last place. These teams, defensively, were an embarrassment to their institutions and an embarrassment to the Southeastern Conference. The level of play will need to step up if the SEC is going to be well represented during bowl season.