2013 is a year everyone will point to and say the SEC took a step back from previous years, and that the chasm wasn’t as great compared to other conferences.
In 2012, the SEC finished 14-9 (.609) against BCS and Independent opponents during the regular season and bowl games. In 2013, the conference finished 19-9 (.679) against the same competition. Although I thought the gap between the SEC and everyone else was greater in years past, the SEC actually had a better bowl record and a better non-conference record than previous years. So, what does that tell us? The gap is still there, and the SEC is still top to bottom better than other conferences, despite a perceived weakness.
Against all non-conference competition, the SEC finished 55-11 (.833), including games against FCS, Sun Belt, Mountain West and MAC programs.
Here’s a breakdown by conference or opponent:
- AAC: 4-1 (.800)
- Big Ten: 3-1 (.750)
- ACC: 7-4 (.636)
- Big 12: 3-2 (.600)
- Pac-12: 1-1 (.500)
- Independent: 1-0
- Mountain West: 1-0
- Conference USA: 8-0
- MAC: 6-0
- Sun Belt: 9-1 (.900)
- FCS: 12-1 (.923)
Although the talent level of the SEC was down in 2013 compared to years past, talent level around college football wasn’t enough to make a difference in the SEC’s non-conference record.
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