Before we jump into the quickly-approaching 2011 football season, we should briefly look back on the last 10 years.
It's important to look behind us because it was a significant 10 years for the conference. It was a decade where the already powerful Southeastern Conference went from being at the front of the pack in college football, to being so far ahead of everyone that now it seems hard to still call it a race.
With SEC teams winning the last five BCS National Championships and super-star players like Cam Newton, Mark Ingram and Tim Tebow taking home three of the last four Heisman Trophies, the last 10 seasons are something to remember and celebrate for the SEC.
With so many great players and so many solid teams, I worked out a way to try and find the very best teams in the conference from 2001-2010. The system I am going to use, to rank the top 10 SEC teams of the 2000s, removes opinion, biased, and all the other issues that plague most power rankings. Using that list of top teams, I can then create a listing of the 5 top SEC programs of the last ten years.
Championships (4 points for SEC Title, 4 additional points for National Title)
Wins (1 point for each win, 2 points for a win versus a top 25 team, 3 points for win versus a top 5 team)
Points Per Game (2 points for ranking in top 10 nationally for offensive points per game, 2 points for ranking top 10 nationally in defensive points allowed per game, 2 points for a variance of more than 20 points for PPG as compared to points allowed per game)
Turnover Margin (1 point for a positive turnover margin, or 2 points for a positive turnover margin of +10 or more, or -2 points for a negative turnover margin)
Schedule (1 point for each BCS-conference team played outside of the SEC - not counting bowl game, 1 point for each top 25 road game, -1 for each lower division team played)
All of these teams are very good, but who who played and how you played make a difference.
Click through to see who is king of the mountain in the Southeastern Conference...