Based upon the results from the college football bowl games, including the new college football playoff, the SEC is clearly not the best conference in college football in 2014-15. So far, SEC teams are just 5-5 in college football bowl games this season including a loss by Alabama to Ohio State in the college football playoff.
That is not the record that the best conference in college football would be posting. If the SEC is as dominant as many college football pundits would have you believe this season, the conference should have been well over .500 in bowl games and the SEC is not.
The SEC does have Tennessee and Florida yet to play, as the Volunteers take on Iowa in the Taxslayer Bowl today, Friday, January 2, 2015, in Jacksonville, Florida, while the Florida Gators take on East Carolina tommorow in the Birmingham Bowl. But regardless of what Tennessee and Florida do, the bowl games already played have clearly shown that the SEC was not the best conference in college football this season.
SEC is clearly not the best conference in college football in 2014-15
Here’s a list of the wins and losses by SEC teams in bowl games this season. As you can see, the SEC is really lacking in big wins and suffered many bad losses in the bowl games. Two words come to mind looking over the results. Unimpressive and overrated.
SEC teams results in bowl games in 2014-15
Wins – 5
The SEC’s five wins in bowl games this season could hardly be described as convincing or overwhelming. Three of the wins came against 6-6 teams, and none of the wins were vs any well regarded teams this season.
- South Carolina
South Carolina beat Miami out of the ACC by a score of 24-21. Not a convincing win as both teams were just 6-6 going into the game.
- Texas A&M
Texas A&M beat West Virginia, 45-37. Another unconvincing win as West Virginia was just 6-6 this season and Mountaineers starting quarterback Clint Trickett did not play.
Arkansas beat Texas, 31-7. The win looked pretty convincing but again, Texas was just 6-6 going into the game.
Georgia beat Louisville, 37-14, in what was the SEC’s best bowl win this season which is not saying much. Don’t forget that Louisville blew a 24-7 lead against a Florida State team that was just destroyed (exposed) by Oregon in the playoff.
Missouri beat Minnesota, 33-17. A decent win but Minnesota was just 8-4 going into the game.
Losses – 5
All five SEC losses in bowl games were from SEC West teams. In fairness, the West teams that lost faced opponents with combined records of 50-13 vs the combined records of 34-26 for the other SEC teams opponents going into the bowl games (not counting the Florida or Tennessee games).
Ohio State beat Alabama, 42-35, in the playoff despite turning the ball over twice in their own territory, both times leading to Alabama touchdowns.
Wisconsin beat Auburn, 34-31, in the Outback Bowl. So much for the Big Ten being the worst conference in college football this season.
- Mississippi State
Georgia Tech ran all over and beat Mississippi State, 49-34, in the Orange Bowl.
- Ole Miss
TCU completely and utterly destroyed Ole Miss, 42-3, in the Peach Bowl. TCU demonstrated they clearly belonged in the college football playoff with the convincing win over the #9 ranked team in the college football playoff rankings.
Notre Dame beat LSU, 31-28, in OT.