The SEC’s mixed results in bowl games on New Year’s Day left the conference with a 6-5 mark in bowl games with the national championship game still pending.
While the SEC has the most wins among conferences, it’s the Group of 5 conferences that lead the way in winning percentages, led by Conference USA. Interestingly, the ACC, widely viewed as having a down season overall, could match the SEC if Clemson upsets Alabama on Monday in the national championship at Levi’s Stadium.
Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, LSU and Texas A&M powered the SEC to at least a .500 mark in bowls, depending on Monday’s result in Santa Clara, California. The fact that most conferences are near the .500 mark speaks to the challenging nature of bowl season in terms of motivation and time off from the regular season.
A look inside the numbers revealed that the SEC only had a winning record against the Big 10, which was 3-1, and Alabama not covering the Vegas spread against Oklahoma took some shine off of its Orange Bowl victory. The “S-E-C, S-E-C” chants have been somewhat muted across the board.