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Auburn Fans Rule According To 2010-11 SEC Brag-O-Meter

Why do we love sports?  Because we can rub our team’s success in someone else’s face.  At least that seems to be a big part of why many people love sports today.

Here at MrSEC.com we wanted to provide aid to those of you out there who like to pop off, boast and chirp about your school’s on-field successes.  We set out to create a formula that would show which SEC fans had the right to brag about the 2010-11 seasons in the league’s two money sports — football and men’s basketball.

We also put together our formula before knowing the results.  We know we won’t be able to say the same for the dozens of formulas we’ll get in our inbox as a result of this fun little diversion.  “Football in the SEC is king and it should count more!”  “Stadium size should be factored in!”  “A bonus point should go to schools whose fans carry musical instruments — like cowbells — into games!”

Nope, we have no dog in this fight so the numbers are the numbers and nothing was tweaked or fudged in order to arrive at a predetermined outcome.

First, we simply counted overall wins for each SEC school.  One win equals one point.  Whether that win is over Duke in basketball or Slippery Rock in football, one point.  To provide equal weight for football and basketball wins, we multiplied all gridiron wins by 2.5.  (Looking at the last five years, it became obvious that SEC schools usually recorded about 2.5 times more basketball wins than football wins each year… thus the 2.5.)

Then we tossed in some one-point bonuses for other things fans like to brag about: bowl appearances, BCS bowl appearances, NCAA Tournament appearances, Final Four trips, and Top 10 recruiting classes (according to Rivals’ ratings).  Knowing that nothing provides bragging rights like a national title, we also tossed in a whopping five-point bonus for all national crowns.

The results of our Brag-O-Meter (pronounced like speedometer) for 2010-11 are as follows:


School
FB Wins x 2.5
Bowl
BCS Bowl
Nat. Title
Top 10 Rec.
BB Wins
NCAA Tourney
Final Four
Nat. Title
Top 10 Rec.
Total Score
Auburn
35
1
1
5
1
11
0
0
0
0
54.0
Alabama
25
1
0
0
1
25
0
0
0
0
52.0
Florida
20
1
0
0
0
29
1
0
0
0
51.0
Kentucky
15
1
0
0
0
29
1
1
0
1
48.0
Arkansas
25
1
1
0
0
18
0
0
0 1
46.0
LSU
27.5
1
0
0
1
11
0
0
0
0
40.5
Miss. State
22.5
1
0
0
0
17
0
0 0
0
40.5
Georgia
15
1
0
0
1
21
1
0
0
0 39.0
S. Carolina
22.5
1
0
0
0
14
0
0
0
0
37.5
Tennessee
15
1
0
0
0
19
1
0
0
0
36.0
Ole Miss
10
0
0
0
0
20
0
0
0
0
30.0
Vanderbilt
5
0
0
0
0
23
1
0
0
0
29.0



Observations:

* It makes sense that the SEC’s only national title winner for 2010-11 should finish on top of our Brag-O-Meter standings.  Auburn’s frustrating basketball season almost dropped them behind arch-rival Alabama — who was solid in both sports — but that BCS championship carries a lot of weight when it comes to boasting.

* The Crimson Tide barely eeked past Florida for second place thanks to their solid (but not great) football season.  And when you can say that a 10-win football season isn’t great, it says a lot about your school’s expectations.  Billy Donovan’s basketball squad almost overcame the deficit set-up by Urban Meyer’s final football team, but in the end, they fell one victory short.

* Kentucky’s so-so football season coupled with their strong finish in basketball — which led to a Final Four appearance — catapulted UK into fourth place overall.

* Arkansas moved up into fifth place and if you had to put money on a program that is likely to rise in these rankings over the coming seasons, wouldn’t UA be that school?

* LSU and Mississippi State finished tied in our rankings.  Using the last Department of Education budget information released to the public (for 2009-2010), we find that LSU’s athletic budget topped out at $102,273,060.  Mississippi State’s came in at $36,265,186.  Now those were the total expenses for the athletic departments and not just football and basketball costs, but I think it’s still safe to say that MSU got more bang for its buck last season than LSU did.

* The bottom five teams in the league include perennial powers Georgia and Tennessee along with South Carolina (rising in football) and Ole Miss (terribly disappointing considering MSU’s success) and Vanderbilt.  The Commodores needed just two more wins in football or basketball to slip past the Rebels into 11th place.  Alas, it was not to be.

 


3 comments
BamaShari
BamaShari

lol so no points for getting to the Championship game of the NIT huh

heh

brad
brad

you switched up georgia's and miss state's numbers on the football part

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