SEC Football: Does the Conference Have the Three Best Programs of All Time?

Kevin McGradySenior Writer IFebruary 15, 2011

1988:  Coach Vince Dooley of the Georgia Bulldogs watches his players during a game. Mandatory Credit: Allen Dean Steele  /Allsport
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History tells an interesting tale. Some say one's competence can be judged by the quality of their opponents.

It is interesting that four SEC teams have played the most quality opponents during the course of history. It is even more interesting that three SEC teams have won more games against quality opponents than any other team.

What is even more interesting is that the two oldest rivals in the SEC are first and second on this list. Who would have thought that Auburn and Georgia would be ranked first and second in most games played against quality opponents and wins against quality opponents?

This is an absolutely incredible statistic by one conference over the entire course of college football. This is not an arbitrary guess at the best team and conference over time; this is a list of programs that have played and won the most games against the top 30 college football teams of all time.

This fact was such a surprise that it was necessary to fact check the list. There is no doubt that it is accurate. Auburn has 305 wins against the top 30 programs in college football history with Alabama and Georgia coming in at 304. The next nearest team in the nation is Texas with 266. Southern California has 211 wins against top 30 programs with Ohio State weighing in at 173 wins.

In fact, four of the 13 programs with the most all-time wins against top programs are from the SEC (Auburn 305, Georgia 304, Alabama 304, LSU 207). There are other interesting facts to be found in this piece as well.

Auburn and Georgia also lead the top 13 programs in the land in overall schedule strength. With a full 51.6 percent of their all-time schedule coming against top 30 programs, Auburn leads the list followed closely by Georgia with 50.3 percent.

The toughest strength of schedules of all time is as follows:

  1. Auburn
  2. Georgia
  3. Alabama
  4. Texas
  5. Notre Dame
  6. LSU
  7. Southern California
  8. Penn State
  9. Tennessee
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Michigan
  12. Nebraska
  13. Ohio State

Five of the toughest all-time schedules in college football were played by SEC Teams. This is an incredible testament to the quality of football over time in the SEC as a conference. This writer suggest that all readers take a look at the article link above and think about what this says about college football.