The 2011 college football season began with high hopes for all 12 SEC teams. Eight teams were ranked in the Associated Press preseason top 25. Alabama topped the listed ranked second in the nation followed by LSU (4), South Carolina (12), Arkansas (14), Georgia (19), Mississippi State (20), Florida (22) and Auburn (23).
Natural attrition during the first half of the 2011 season would of course weed a few teams out of the rankings. Mississippi State and Georgia are the only two teams no longer in the AP rankings.
All an SEC team feels they need to do for a shot at the national title is win the conference championship game. An SEC team has won each of the last five BCS Championships after winning the SEC title game. With half of the season left to play, the SEC East and West races are still undetermined.
LSU and Alabama are undefeated in the West and Arkansas and Auburn are on their heels with one conference loss each.
In the East, South Carolina and Georgia are tied for first place with one conference loss a piece. Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt are tied for second place, each with two conference losses.