During a discussion with Urban Meyer the other day about something unrelated, I brought up that this year is the 10th anniversary of Florida’s last national champion.
“That’s right. It’s 2018, isn’t it?” he said. “That team was the best college football team ever, wasn’t it?”
Well, it is in the argument. Talent-wise, I have no doubt that it was the best ever at Florida.
But it also got me thinking about how the SEC has changed since then, so I got out the conference media guide and started ciphering up some numbers. And here they are. This is the SEC in terms of conference games winning percentage since Florida’s 2008 titleists, a span of 10 seasons:
- Alabama .888.
Just ridiculous to be this good in this conference.
- LSU .688.
So the second best team in the conference over the last 10 years fired its coach and is 20 percentage points behind the Tide.
- Georgia .650.
So the third best conference team … oh, you’re getting the point.
- Florida .622.
And the Gators are on their fourth coach since that title.
- Auburn .563.
The Tigers are an example of how the league other than Alabama can fluctuate wildly.
- Texas A&M .518.
Since it joined the league, so over eight seasons. As we know, finishing around the middle didn’t cut it for Kevin Sumlin.
- South Carolina .513.
That the Gamecocks are in the top half says a lot about what Steve Spurrier did there.
- Mississippi State .450.
And this says a lot about what Dan Mullen did in the brutal West.
- Missouri .446.
Talk about wild fluctuations.
- Arkansas .388.
At least the Hogs are in the top 10.
- Ole Miss .363.
A lot of bad seasons in Oxford.
- Tennessee .338.
The Vols since Phil Fulmer was coaching have been a mess.
- Kentucky .288.
Mark Stoops has brought them back, but he had a lot to overcome.
- Vanderbilt .256.
And that includes some nice years with James Franklin.