It clearly has been Alabama at the top of the SEC this year. They are the only team not to completely fall on their face in multiple games. In fact, they haven’t even stumbled once this year. The rest of the SEC just hasn’t compared. So the difficult thing to tell is how good in the rest of the SEC? Is Alabama just lightyears ahead of the entire country, so by comparison the rest of the SEC looks mediocre, or is the rest of the SEC actually mediocre? The SEC East was literally begging teams to win it, but it took Florida finally winning a big game against LSU to accomplish that (something Tennessee couldn’t do). Only two teams have fewer than three losses in the SEC and only one has more than nine wins. Is that parity or just bad football teams? The AAC and Big Ten have five nine-win teams, the ACC has four, the Big 12 and Pac 12 have three, and the Mountain West, Sun Belt, CUSA and Mid-American have two.
Let’s look at the games against non-conference opponents. Alabama and Kentucky had the best wins against non-SEC opponents this year, beating USC (9-3) and Louisville (9-3). Georgia and Vanderbilt had the worst losses (excluding Missouri's disapointing Middle Tennesse loss); both were against Georgia Tech (8-4). Two of the SEC's losses against the ACC have come against Clemson which looks like one of the best teams in the country. In fact, three teams beat the SEC twice this year: Clemson, Florida State, and Georgia Tech. However, only four SEC teams finished the regular season without a non-conference loss. They are listed below with their best win against a non-con opponent and that opponent’s record:
- Tennessee (Virginia Tech 9-3)
- Alabama (USC 9-3)
- Texas A&M (UCLA 4-8)
- Arkansas (TCU 6-5)