The SEC East Is The Worst Division In College Football
Whether you are an Auburn or an Alabama fan you have to love being in the SEC West. It is by far the toughest division in all of college football. The downside to that is that it’s hard to make it through the schedule unharmed every year. The upside? If you’re good enough to do it you are a National Championship favorite.
It’s a bloodbath every year in the SEC West. It’s especially tough for Alabama and Auburn who end the year in one of the toughest rivalry games in the nation. Many times one team will ruin the others post season dreams in that game. But we love it. Trial by fire makes you strong. But what about the SEC East?
The SEC east has been a joke for several years now. One example is how Tennessee has ruined one of the greatest rivalries in all of college football. This used to be a hard fault battle, worse than the Iron Bowl. Alabama has won that game the last ten meetings in a row. A bitter rivalry? Not lately.
It’s not just Tennessee though. The entire SEC East is a disappointment year after year. Just how bad is it? According to Sb Nation columnist Bill Connelly, the SEC East is even worse than the Mountain West’s Mountain division. In case you are familiar with those schools let’s run them down.
The Mountain West Mountain division, A division with Wyoming Cowboys , Boise State Broncos , New Mexico Lobos , Colorado State Rams , Air Force Falcons and Utah State Aggies is considered better than a division with Florida Gators , Georgia Bulldogs , Tennessee Volunteers , Kentucky Wildcats , South Carolina Gamecocks , Missouri Tigers and Vanderbilt Commodores.
This is conclusion is arrived at by looking at the SP Efficiency ratings from Football Outsiders. If you want another indicator of just how bad the SEC East is this year consider this. If South Carolina or LSU gets a win against Florida, there will be a three-loss SEC East Champion this year. Wow.
The SEC West record this season vs SEC East Teams is 9-1. The East doesn’t have a very good record against the West going all the way back to 2009. The over all West vs East record for that time is 91-36, advantage SEC West.
If the SEC is going to maintain it’s era of dominance in the next decade then the East is going to have to step up. The conference can’t rely on Alabama, Auburn and a couple of other teams to maintain the high bar. Come on Florida, Georgia, Tennessee….step it up!