Fun fact: 10 SEC teams have double-digit losing streaks in conference play since 1992.
Tennessee has not even come close to winning in its first two SEC games this season.
That’s something that Volunteers fans have gotten used to lately.
The only team to go winless in SEC play in 2017 has seen its school-record league losing streak hit 11.
That’s a long run of frustration, but it is less than half of the longest SEC skid since the league split into two divisions for the 1992 season.
Let’s look at the longest skids in conference play for each SEC program since that 1992 campaign.
Alabama: 4 games
When: 4 times: 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006.
Skinny: Obviously, these all came before Nick Saban’s arrival. In the past 10 years, the Crimson Tide … aw, you already know. They almost never lose. Saban’s longest SEC losing streak is 3 games — the final 3 in 2007. Since then, his Tide teams haven’t even lost consecutive SEC games.
Arkansas: 17 games
Skinny: This includes four games at the end of John Smith’s coaching reign and the first year-plus under Bret Bielema. Oddly, the Razorbacks ended the skid by shutting out LSU, then pitched another shutout the next week against Ole Miss.
Auburn: 10 games
Skinny: The immediate aftermath of Cam Newton’s national championship season in 2010 saw a pretty drastic fall for the Tigers. Auburn lost its last two SEC games in 2011, then all eight in 2012, which led the school to show coach Gene Chizik the door.
Florida: 6 games
Skinny: The Gators just broke this streak last month … against Tennessee. Florida lost a total of 13 SEC games, including title games, under Steve Spurrier from 1992-2001.
Georgia: 4 games
When: Twice, in 1993, and 2009-10.
Skinny: This first skid came in the middle of Ray Goff’s reign as coach. The Bulldogs had not even lost 3 conference games in a row since 1995-96, until Mark Richt’s squad dropped its SEC finale in 2009 and its first three in 2010.
Kentucky: 17 games
Skinny: In case you’re wondering why the folks in and around Lexington are enjoying their 5-0 start (3-0 SEC) so doggone much: The Wildcats have had four double-digit SEC losing streaks since 1992, the last one being the worst. Joker Phillips started this streak by going 0-8 in his final year. Mark Stoops lost his first 9 SEC games before turning it around. Give UK administrators some props for giving him time. Their patience is paying off.
LSU: 10 games
Skinny: This came at the end of the Gerry DiNardo regime as coach. LSU fired DiNardo before its final game against Arkansas in 1999. The Tigers upset the No. 17 Razorbacks to end the SEC streak and then hired Nick Saban … and you know the rest of the story. Saban led LSU to the 2003 national championship.
Mississippi State: 10 games
Skinny: Bad times for the Bulldogs. They lost 9 consecutive SEC games from 2002-03, won 1, lost their next 9, won 2 in a row in 2004, then dropped 10 consecutive — the final 3 league games of 2004 and the first 7 in 2005.
Missouri: 11 games
Skinny: The Tigers went to two consecutive SEC title games shortly after arriving in the league in 2012, but the good times didn’t last long. By 2016 Mizzou had hit double digits in consecutive SEC losses before ending the ignominy with a win over Vanderbilt.
Ole Miss: 16 games
Skinny: The Rebels broke this skid in 2012 by defeating Auburn — which itself was in the midst of its own long SEC losing streak — then Ole Miss backed it up the following week by winning at Arkansas.
South Carolina: 18 games
Skinny: The Gamecocks struggled somewhat in their earliest years in the SEC and hit bottom at the tail end of the Brad Scott era. His teams lost 10 in a row, then Lou Holtz went 0-8 in the SEC (and 0-11 overall) in 1999 before turning things around. The Gamecocks’ longest SEC skid under Steve Spurrier was 6 in 2007-08.
Tennessee: 11 games
Skinny: You know the story: The Vols had never had a winless SEC season since being part of the conference’s inaugural season in 1933. Until last year. A loss to Vanderbilt in 2016 started this skid, which includes an 0-8 SEC campaign last year and blowout losses in the first two league games this year.
Texas A&M: 4 games
Skinny: The Aggies really only contended for an SEC West title once, in their inaugural league season of 2012. Granted, it’s a small sample size, but A&M never really has been that bad either. In 2016 the Aggies started 4-0 in SEC play then dropped their last four league contests.
Vanderbilt: 23 games
Skinny: Since the league split into divisions, the Commodores have gone 0-8 in the SEC six times. The league’s longest skid in the divisional era started with a loss to Tennessee and ended nearly three years later with a victory over Kentucky. Vandy also had a 22-game SEC losing streak from 1995-98.