SEC is down this year or so they say.

I’ve been hearing, since about the middle of the season, that the SEC is having a down year. I even bought into that. Believed it. Then I went and checked the Strength of Schedule over at Team Rankings. Now maybe there’s a better SOS listing and I just missed it, but looking over the list over there, I noticed something.

Here is a list of ALL TEAMS with 3 or fewer losses ranked in the top 30 by SOS(Strength Of Schedule).

2 Alabama 11-1
5 Ole Miss 9-3
6 Miss. State 10-2
8 UCLA 9-3
9 TCU 10-1
10 Oklahoma 8-3
12 Georgia 9-3
13 Oregon 11-1
16 Baylor 10-1
18 Kansas St. 9-2
21 Arizona 10-2
23 Arizona St. 9-3
24 Missouri 10-2
26 Mich St 10-2
29 Clemson 9-3 

There is one more week of games to play before the final SOS comes out, but I don’t think FIVE teams with fewer than 3 losses with the 30 hardest SOS is a “weak” conference.

Florida State’s SOS? 36.

Ohio State? 33

Maybe THAT is one of the reasons FSU keeps dropping in the commission’s picks and OSU is on the outside looking in right now?

By the way if you just want SEC schools within the top 30 hardest SOS regardless of win/loss:

1 Auburn 8-4
2 Alabama 11-1
3 Arkansas 6-6
4 LSU 8-4
5 Ole Miss 9-3
6 Miss. State 10-2
7 Texas A&M 7-5
12 Georgia 9-3
15 Florida 6-5
19 Tennessee 6-6
24 Missouri 10-2
25 South Car. 6-6

 

Kentucky (5-7) has a SOS of 38 and Vanderbilt (3-9) is at 67.

That doesn’t seem to be a list of a SEC Conference having a ‘down’ year. That looks like a SEC not having one dominant team WITHIN the SEC.

If you want the Football Power Index from ESPN you get this from the top 25:

1 Alabama
3 Ole Miss
4 Georgia
6 Auburn
10 MS. State
14 LSU
18 Arkansas
22 Florida
23 Texas A&M

 

Basically SEC Haters gotta Hate, but I think the rankings have worked out pretty well for everyone this season. I’m looking forward to seeing the playoff and if Alabama loses to Missou this weekend and the SEC isn’t represented I’ll be okay with that. I’ll still think the SEC is the premier college football conference and the best players play here.

Oh, and one last thing about the possibility of no SEC teams in the top 4. Parity within the conference is a bitch!