Best Football Conference? SEC, of Course.

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Beyond the SEC, which conference rules?

When it comes to men’s basketball, the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East Conference typically produce the top teams year in and year out. But when it comes to football, mostly everyone agrees that the Southeast Conference plays at the top level of each of the six major college football conferences.

BCS Champions

college footballSince the BCS championship was first played in 1998, the SEC has fielded six teams in the championship game, winning all six. As of 2010, the SEC has won the last four championships, further demonstrating that this conference, indeed, is best in the land.

Positions two through six may be harder to gauge. The Big East, Big Ten, ACC, Pac 10 and Big 12 can claim to be up there, but how can that be adequately measured apart from the number of championships won?

Number Two?

Of the five conferences following the SEC, only the Big 12 has won at least two championships, but they’ve also lost five. The Pac 10 is 1-1 in championships while the remaining three leagues are each 1-2. But the Big East has reached the title game when they had Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College in the conference and would be 0-0 for the teams now compromising the conference.

Another measurement involves checking the number of bowl appearances by team. Again, an SEC team, the Alabama Crimson Tide, easily leads the pack with 57 bowl appearances with Texas (Big 12), USC (Pac 10) and Tennessee (SEC) tying for second with 48 appearances. Positions five through 10 are held by Nebraska (Big 12), Georgia (SEC), Oklahoma (Big 12), Penn State (Big Ten), LSU (SEC) and Ohio State (Big Ten).

Weakest Link

Thus, the SEC has four of the top bowl attending teams in the country, the Big 12 has three, Big 10 with two and the Pac 10 has just one. Some might deduce from these statistics that the ACC and Big East conferences bring up the rear, but one important fact remains: conference strength fluctuates and coming up with hard evidence more than a decade or two old can skew that information.

Yes, even Army and Navy once had glory days, but you’d be hard pressed to find a top military academy team in the most recent 50 year period of college football.

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