My column which will appear or has appeared (depends on when you read this) in The Sun’s Thursday editions and on-line Wednesday night was the product of one of those late nights watching a baseball game in my office. I started thinking about how great it has been to cover the Gator football program over the last couple of decades and the next thing you know I was feverishly jotting down numbers.
I have four different notebooks with statistics that show Florida’s dominance of the SEC 2.0. That may not be the best name I could come up with for the league since it became 12 teams in 1992 so I’m open to suggestions. After all, this fodder has already been a big part of my speeches to Gator Clubs and will continue to be this season.
My brain is fried now because I added the numbers so many times to make sure they were right and even then I’m sure I missed something. But if I’m one off on something, it doesn’t take away what Florida has done in the last 17 seasons.
Here’s something I promised in my column, a more detailed look at the SEC in terms of conference wins and losing seasons since the start of the 1992 season.
Team Wins Avg. LS*
Florida 109 6.4 0
Tennessee 99 5.8 2
Georgia 85 5.0 4
Auburn 83 4.9 4
Alabama # 78 4.6 6
LSU 76 4.5 6
Arkansas 63 3.7 8
Mississippi 56 3.3 9
South Carolina 54 3.2 10
Mississippi State 49 2.9 10
Kentucky 38 2.1 13
Vanderbilt 23 1.4 16
* LS is for losing seasons.
# Alabama is credited with an 0-8 record in 1993 because of forfeited wins.
Every time I’d bounce some of these numbers of my wife or a friend, they were always surprised, especially when I mentioned that Florida is the only SEC team which has been to a bowl game each of the 17 years and the only one which has never had a losing SEC record during that stretch. They’d start thinking real hard until you could smell toast burning.
The point of all of this is to illustrate how great it has been for the Florida Gators since the league was re-aligned. Maybe this will make the Gator Nation appreciate this golden age.