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Tebow led Florida to a 27-5 regular season mark in the SEC during his time in Gainesville.
We recently looked at bowl records for each SEC team over the last decade with surprising results. Our look at conference records over the decade is far less shocking. Each team plays eight regular season conference games a year (SEC championship games are not included in these records), so over ten years each team played 80 SEC games. Here is what we found:
1. Florida 58-22
The Gators were slightly better than LSU during the last decade in SEC regular season games thanks to 36-13 SEC record while Urban Meyer was the head coach from 2005-2010.
2. LSU 56-24
Like Florida, LSU won two national titles in the last decade. However, the Tigers won three SEC titles to Florida’s two. The Tigers and Gators both won five games against each other in the last decade, but never played each other for the SEC title.
3. Auburn 54-26
Over the last decade, Auburn is an elite SEC program. The Tigers had undefeated seasons in the SEC, and overall, in 2004 and 2010. A six-game win streak over Alabama highlighted Auburn’s run in the SEC. As an Arkansas fan, I was surprised how impressive the Auburn numbers were. The Tigers split their last 10 games with the Razorbacks.
4. Tennessee 49-31
Tennessee benefited from the length of this study. The 2001 Vols went 7-1 in the SEC and lost to LSU in Atlanta. The 2004 Vols went 7-1 in the SEC and lost to Auburn in Atlanta. In the last three years, Tennessee is 11-13 in the SEC.
5. Alabama 43-37
Alabama is just the opposite of Tennessee. Bama has been terrific of late, 21-3 in the SEC during the last three seasons, but struggled earlier in the decade. As we all know, being good now is more enjoyable than success several years ago.
Richt needs a good showing in 2011 to quiet the critics.
6. Georgia 43-37
Mark Richt and company played in three and won two SEC Championship games in the last decade. That success in 2002 and 2005 seems like a lifetime ago to Bulldog fans who had to endure a losing season in 2010.
7. Arkansas 40-40
Like Bama is hot and Tennessee is cooling, so too is Arkansas warming up while Georgia is struggling of late. Hog fans feel great about Bobby Petrino and think mediocre SEC football is behind them now that Houston Nutt is in Oxford.
8. South Carolina 37-43
Gamecock fans could care less about what the last decade says. They won the SEC East last year and are favored to repeat in 2011, so decade long records be damned.
9. Ole Miss 30-50
A 1-7 record in the SEC hurt Ole Miss’ over record. Problem is the Rebels may be staring another losing record right in the eyes in 2011.
10. Kentucky 22-58
The Wildcats have the inverse record as the top ranked Gators. Kentucky has been to a bowl game five years in a row and won three of those games. This speaks to the depth of the SEC.
11. Mississippi State 20-60
No record surprised me more than the Bulldogs. Mississippi State is much tougher to play in Starkville, but last year’s 4-4 record was their best in the SEC in a decade.
12. Vanderbilt 13-67
Vandy’s 67 losses compared to Florida’s 58 wins shows it is easier to be awful than it is to be great. Best of luck to new head coach James Franklin.
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