The SEC has done pretty well for itself in bowl games over the past 10 years. Last season, the league won a record nine bowl games, capped by Alabama’s fourth national title under Nick Saban.

As we look back at each bowl season, it’s interesting to note that Florida won the 2006 national championship and started a string of seven consecutive titles for the conference, and eight in those 10 years.

The SEC kicks off its bowl season at 11 a.m. today. Mississippi State is the first of 12 SEC teams in action over the next week-plus.

Here’s a look at that era of bowl games in what could be considered the Golden Years of the SEC.

2006 (6-3): Florida crushed Ohio State 41-14 in the BCS Championship Game in Glendale, Ariz. Ohio State returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, but Florida raced to a 34-14 lead by halftime. Tim Tebow, in relief of Gators QB Chris Leak, threw for one touchdown and ran for another. Leak threw for 213 yards and a touchdown and was named the Offensive MVP. Florida DL Derrick Harvey earned the Defensive MVP.

2007 (7-2): LSU won the BCS National Championship Game, turning away Ohio State 38-24 in New Orleans. The Tigers rallied from a 10-0 deficit behind QB Matt Flynn, who completed 19-of-27 passes for 174 yards and four touchdowns to earn the Offensive MVP Award. LSU DL Ricky Jean-Francois was named the Defensive MVP.

2008 (6-2): Once again, Florida was back on top of the college football world after a 24-14 victory over Oklahoma in the BCS Championship Game in Miami. The Gators broke a 14-14 tie in the fourth quarter, scoring the final 10 points. Tebow threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 109 yards to earn Offensive MVP honors. Gators DL Carlos Dunlap was named the Defensive MVP.

2009 (6-4): Alabama returned to national prominence with a 37-21 victory over Texas in the BCS National Championship at the Rose Bowl. After spotting the Longhorns two field goals and a 6-0 lead, the Tide rolled up 24 unanswered point. Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns to earn Offensive MVP honors while Marcell Dareus returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown and was named the Defensive MVP. The Tide finished 14-0 and won its first title under Saban.

2010 (5-5): Auburn saved face for the SEC that season with a 22-19 victory over Oregon in the BCS Championship at Glendale. Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns, but RB Michael Dyer, who rushed for 143 yards, was named the Offensive MVP. Tigers DL Nick Fairley, with three tackles for loss, was named the Defensive MVP.

2011 (6-3): The SEC ruled college football with not one, but two teams playing in the BCS Championship. It was the SEC and everybody else as Alabama claimed the title with a 21-0 victory over LSU in New Orleans. Tide QB A.J. McCarron completed 22-of-34 passes for 234 yards to earn Offensive MVP honors. Tide LB Courtney Upshaw recorded seven tackles to lead a dominating defensive performance in which Alabama yielded just 39 yards rushing and 92 total yards of offense to the Tigers.

2012 (6-3): Alabama made it two consecutive national championships after trouncing Notre Dame 42-14 in the BCS Championship at Miami. Offensive MVP Eddie Lacy ran for 140 yards and a touchdown and also caught a touchdown pass while Defensive MVP, LB C.J. Mosley, recorded a team-high eight tackles.

2013 (7-3): The streak of SEC national championships was broken with Auburn’s 34-31 loss to Florida State in the BCS National Championship at Pasadena, Calif. The Tigers appeared to be in control with a 21-3 lead but Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston rallied the Seminoles with a 21-point fourth quarter.

2014 (7-5): For the first time in nine years, no SEC team played for a national championship. Alabama was derailed by Ohio State in a 42-35 semifinals shootout at New Orleans in the first College Football Playoff. Alabama QB Blake Sims threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns. But the Buckeyes rallied from a 21-6 deficit to win the game and go on to capture the national championship.

2015 (9-2): Alabama climbed back on top with a 45-40 victory over Clemson in last year’s College Football Playoff Championship Game at Glendale. Tide QB Jake Coker threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns; one of those in a wild fourth quarter that found the two teams combining for 40 points. Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns to help the Tide win the national championship.