The SEC has experienced plenty of success in the postseason throughout the last five years, but it hasn’t dominated the rest of the FBS to the extent most would have thought.
The conference boasted at least nine bowl eligible teams for five straight years from 2009-13, and the SEC as a whole posted an even record or better in bowl games all five years.
Every SEC team played in at least two bowl games in that five-year span except for Missouri, which did play in more than two but only played in one as a member of the SEC. Only Kentucky and Tennessee failed to win at least one bowl game in that five-year window, and the Wildcats, Volunteers, Georgia Bulldogs and LSU Tigers were the only teams to post losing records during that time.
Each of the seven SEC teams to play in at least four bowl games in those five years lost at least once, and the only teams without a bowl loss as an SEC member since 2009 are Missouri, Texas A&M and Ole Miss, which amassed a combined postseason record of 7-0 as members of the conference.
Here’s a full breakdown of each SEC team’s postseason resume since 2009, indicating their bowl record since ’09, who they played and the result of the game, and the conference’s bowl record each of the last five years.
(NOTE: Bold indicates a national championship game; italics indicate a non-championship BCS game.)
|Alabama||L — Okla.||W — Not. Dame||W — LSU||W — Mich. St.||W — Texas||4-1|
|Arkansas||x||x||W — Kan. St.||L — Ohio St.||W — E. Car.||2-1|
|Auburn||L — Fla. St.||x||W — UVA||W — Ore.||W — N’western||3-1|
|Florida||x||L — L’ville||W — Ohio St.||W — Penn. St.||W — Cinci.||3-1|
|Georgia||L — Neb.||W — Neb.||L — Mich. St.||L — UCF||W — Tx. A&M||2-3|
|Kentucky||x||x||x||L — Pitt||L — Clem.||0-2|
|LSU||W — Iowa||L — Clem.||L — Ala.||W — Tx. A&M||L — Penn. St.||2-3|
|Miss. State||W — Rice||L — N’western||W — Wake||W — Mich.||x||3-1|
|Missouri||W — Okla. St.||x||Not in conf.||Not in conf.||Not in conf.||1-0|
|Ole Miss||W — G.T.||W — Pitt||x||x||W — Okla. St.||3-0|
|So. Carolina||W — Wisc.||W — Mich.||W — Neb.||L — Fla. St.||L — UConn||3-2|
|Tennessee||x||x||x||L — UNC||L — Va. Tech||0-2|
|Texas A&M||W — Duke||W — Okla.||Not in conf.||Not in conf.||Not in conf.||2-0|
|Vanderbilt||W — Hous.||W — N.C. St.||L — Cinci.||x||x||2-1|
The SEC played bowl games against teams from seven other conferences the last five years as well as one bowl game against an FBS independent (Notre Dame). The SEC even played one bowl game against itself, the 2011 national championship game between Alabama and LSU.
SEC teams played in more bowl games against teams from the Big Ten than any other conference, winning 10 of 15 such games since 2009. The SEC has been the most successful in bowl games against the Big 12, winning of seven of eight against the conference.
The ACC and the old Big East both had the SEC’s number in bowl games since 2009, posting a combined 10-7 record against SEC teams in the postseason. Those conferences represent the only conferences against which the SEC does not have a winning record in bowl games.
|Big 12||Pac 12||Big
(* Alabama and LSU played in the 2011 national championship game in using the SEC’s two BCS bids.)
Five SEC teams have played in BCS bowl games since 2009, three of which made appearances in the national championship game. An SEC team won the national championship each year from 2009-2012, and at least one SEC team appeared in the game in all five seasons. The SEC was 4-2 in national championship games during that five-year window, and it obviously both won and lost the 2011 national title game between ‘Bama and LSU.
The SEC as a whole was 5-5 in BCS bowl games from 2009-13, including a record of just 1-3 in BCS games outside the national championship game. Last year was the only time in the last five seasons the SEC failed to win a single BCS bowl game, as Auburn lost in the national championship to Florida State and Alabama lost its Sugar Bowl showdown with Oklahoma.
|Team||in Nat’l title game||in BCS bowl game|