SEC Football

With Florida's 41-14 victory over Ohio State, the Gators won their second national championship and the Southeastern Conference's 16th in history. Below are some notes about the SEC, national championships, and final polls.

1. The SEC is the only league to currently have four football coaches who have won national championship.

Nick Saban, Alabama (won title in 2003 while head coach at LSU)

Steve Spurrier, South Carolina (won title in 1996 while head coach at Florida)

Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee (won title in 1998)

Urban Meyer, Florida (won title in 2006)

The Big Ten has three coaches (Jim Tressel, Lloyd Carr and Joe Paterno) while the Big 12 has two coaches (Mack Brown, Bob Stoops).

2. Since the first season of the Bowl Championship Series in 1998, the SEC leads all conferences with three national championships.

Tennessee won the BCS's first national title in 1998 (Tennessee 23, Florida State 16), LSU won the crown in 2003 (LSU 21, Oklahoma 14) and Florida's 41-14 win last night against Ohio State. The Big 12 (Oklahoma 2000, Texas 2005) has won two while the ACC (Florida State 1999), Big Ten (Ohio State 2002), Pac-10 (Southern California 2004) and Miami (Big East in 2001) have won BCS titles.

3. The SEC had six teams ranked in the final Associated Press poll and five teams ranked in the final USA Today coaches poll. The last time the SEC had six teams ranked in the final poll was in 2000 when the league had six in both AP and USA Today polls. This marks the 10th time in SEC history that six teams have been ranked in the final polls. The most that the SEC has had ranked was seven in the final 1999 and 1965 polls.

Florida #1 in both polls

LSU #3 in both polls

Auburn #8 in USA Today / #9 in AP

Arkansas #15 in AP / #16 in USA Today

Tennessee #23 in USA Today / #25 in AP

Georgia #23 in AP

4. The SEC had three teams ranked in the top 10 in the final AP and USA Today polls. This has been done 22 times in history with the latest in 2005 in both polls. The most in the top 10 has been five in the 1971 final UPI poll while the league has had four teams ranked in the final AP poll in 1942, 1952 and 1959. This is the fourth year in a row that the SEC has had multiple teams ranked in the final top 10 polls.

5. Since conference expansion in 1992, the SEC has had had least three teams ranked in the top 10 of 88 weekly Associated Press polls, an average of 5.8 polls per year. In every season since 1992, the SEC has had at least one week in a year that three SEC teams have been ranked in the top 10.

6. The SEC finished the 2006-07 bowl season with a 6-3 record. The six wins are the most bowl victories in conference history. The league had won five bowl games six times in history with the latest coming in 2003.

7. The SEC edged out the Big East Conference for the highest non-conference winning percentage in 2006. Counting bowl games, the SEC was 47-10 against non-conference foes, an 82.45 winning percentage. The Big East, with a 5-0 bowl record, finished with a 37-8 non-conference record, which equates to an 82.22 winning percentage. The SEC had its best non-conference winning percentage since 1997 when it finished with a 37-5 mark (88.10 winning percentage).


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