Yeah, They're Pretty Good

By Adam Caparell - January 11, 2008


Everyone knows the SEC is the best conference in football. And in the middle of its 75th anniversary, the league celebrated another BCS Championship with LSU's victory Monday, putting the finishing touches on what could go down as the SEC's most successful year ever - just look at the stats the conference rolled out at the end of the week.

-- LSU's second BCS title in four years gave the conference its second straight national championship after Florida won it all last year. It marked the fourth championship in the 10-year history of the BCS for the conference and the sixth since it expanded in 1992.

-- The SEC had five teams ranked in the top 15 of the final AP poll (LSU, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Auburn) while the next closest league, the Big 12, had four in the top 15 (Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas). The ACC had two (Virginia Tech, Boston College).

-- With LSU and Georgia finishing Nos. 1-2 in the AP poll, it marked the first time two teams in the same conference had ended the year as such since 1971 (Big 8 - Nebraska, Oklahoma).

-- The SEC finished bowl season 7-2, the most wins by a conference in NCAA history.

-- Over 6.6 million people attended 89 games, the most by any conference in NCAA history.

-- And of course, SEC players finished first and second in the Heisman Trophy balloting, with Florida's Tim Tebow winning the award and Arkansas' Darren McFadden finishing second a second straight year.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 05:01 PM on January 11, 2008
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