By Shane from Centerpoint
Most reasonable SEC football fans would agree that the true measure of a teamâ€™s dominance over its conference foes canâ€™t be judged accurately unless the overall record is used as the primary source. The historic records display the truth without spin. There is one team that holds a winning record over every single conference opponent. There is only one â€œbell cowâ€ who was the first to bring national prestige and respect to Southern football. In fact there is only one team in the SEC worthy of being defined as a traditional national power. That team is the University of Alabama.
The Birmingham News recently took a look at the all-time best of the SEC. The information they compiled on the football programs provides an astoundingly stark view of the evidence that confirms the Crimson Tideâ€™s ownership of the league.
In order to clarify and remind those SEC fans who have forgotten where their teams stand in their quest to catch and pass Alabama on the field, I will list the won-loss records to date:
Alabama 38 Auburn 33 (AU – 5 games behind)
Alabama 43 LSU 23 (LSU â€“ 20 games behind)
Alabama 35 Georgia 25 (Georgia â€“ 10 games behind)
Alabama 45 Tennessee 38 (Tennessee â€“ 7 games behind)
Alabama 20 Florida 13 (Florida â€“ 7 games behind)
Alabama 10 Arkansas 8 wins (Arkansas â€“ 2 games behind)
Alabama 33 Kentucky 2 (Kentucky â€“ 31 games behind)
Alabama 44 Ole Miss 9 (Ole Miss â€“ 35 games behind)
Alabama 10 South Carolina 3 (South Carolina â€“ 7 games behind)
Alabama 59 Vanderbilt 19 (Vanderbilt â€“ 40 games behind)
Alabama 71 Mississippi State 18 ( Mississippi State â€“ 53 games behind)
No other SEC school can boast a winning record against every conference opponent or come close to matching Alabamaâ€™s (NCAA record) number of bowl appearances (54), bowl victories (31), or 10-win seasons (28).
Alabamaâ€™s 12 national championships put them in the stratosphere compared to the rest of the earth-bound conference teams.
In fact The Birmingham Newsâ€™ 75th anniversary â€œbest ofâ€ edition placed the Crimson Tide so far ahead of the rest of the pack that no team could ever match Alabamaâ€™s accomplishments. According to their measurements, the Tide leads the second place teams (Tennessee and LSU) by 8 points. Florida and Georgia trail by 14 points. Ole Miss and Auburn stand a distant 17 points down the chart. The final scores for Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Kentucky, South Carolina and Mississippi State arenâ€™t worth mentioning.
The national titles, SEC titles, AP first team All-Americans, Top 25 rankings in the final poll, NFL first-round draft picks, NFL Hall of Fame honorees, and bowl accomplishments – all serve as proof that Alabama has, without question, the best football program in the history of the Southeastern conference.
The hiring of Nick Saban combined with a fully-stocked Alabama football team will undoubtedly make it difficult, if not impossible, for the rest of the SEC to chase down the King. The rest of the best in the SEC arenâ€™t going anywhere, but theyâ€™d better get prepared because the Crimson Tide is about to embark on another stellar run, and it will happen quickly with Saban at the helm. Sometime in the near future the Tide will rightfully take its place atop the SEC once again.
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