On most occasions, winning 75 percent your games in the Southeastern Conference should be considered a successful season. From 1980-2006 it has been accomplished 87 times, which averages out to 3.2 teams per year. The SEC expanded to 12 teams in 1992 and over the last 15 years, 50 teams have won at least 75 percent of their games during a season, which averages out to 3.3 teams per year. During this current decade, 23 SEC teams have reached the 75 percent plateau, which averages out to 3.3 teams per season.
With the current SEC alignment there are six major players within the conference. This would be Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, LSU, Auburn and Alabama. The Arkansas Razorbacks should be recognized for their three appearances in the conference championship game, but the other six teams have at least one conference title over the last 15 years. The Razorbacks are 0-3 in championship play, defeated by an average score of 34-11. Florida has made the most appearances in the SEC Championship Game with eight, collecting six conference titles from 1992-2006.
Over the past 27 seasons, here is the number of times the top six teams from the Southeastern Conference won at least 75 percent of their games during a season. Also included are each team's national ranking in terms of winning percentage.
|Team||75% Seasons||Nat'l Win % Rank|
The Florida Gators captured two national championships (1996 and 2006) during that same time span. Tennessee (1998), Georgia (1980), Alabama (1992) and LSU (2003) also finished #1 in at least one of the major polls. The Auburn Tigers were 11-1 in 1983, 11-0 in 1993 and 13-0 in 2004. It would not be a stretch to say Auburn was the best team in the country in 1983 or 2004.
The SEC expanded to 12 teams in 1992 and added a conference championship game. Here are the number of times the top six teams from the SEC won at least 75 percent of their games during a season. Also included are each team's national ranking in terms of win percentage, the total number of SECCG appearances and conference titles.
|Team||75% Seasons||Nat'l Win % Rank||SECCGs||Titles|
Arkansas was added to the list based on its three appearances in the conference title game, but the Razorbacks simply have not won as consistently as the top six programs. If not for probation, Auburn would have gone to the SEC Championship game in 1993 instead of Alabama, and the Crimson Tide would have gone in 2002 instead of Arkansas. On a side note, the SEC Champion is 9-6-0 in bowl games from 1992-2006 and 5-1 over the last six years.
Championship or no championship, 11 wins and a Cotton Bowl victory is still impressive.
LSU has slowly climbed the ladder of success within the conference during the current decade. Here is the number of times the top six teams from the Southeastern Conference won at least 75 percent of their games during a season. Also included are each team's national ranking in terms of win percentage, the total number of SECCG appearances and conference titles.
|Team||75 % Seasons||Nat'l Win % Rank||SECCGs||Titles|
Amazingly, Arkansas has made the trip to Atlanta two times despite failing to win at least 75 percent of its games during a season. Last season Auburn posted an 11-2 record. Because no championships were attached to an 11-win season, some felt it was a disappointing year. Perhaps it had more to do with the way Auburn was defeated in their two losses and how they were 5-0 in games decided by seven points or less.
When you consider that only eight teams in the SEC have won 84.6 percent of their games during one season in the last seven years (2000-2006), 11-2 is impressive no matter how it was compiled. In fact, Auburn (2004, 2006) and LSU (2003, 2005 and 2006) are the only two SEC programs to post more than one season with a win percentage of .846 or better during this decade. Florida, Georgia and Tennessee have one each.