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From 2008 To Now, There Have Been Some Real Fortune Changes In The SEC

With apologies to Ferris Bueller, life moves pretty fast.  Especially in the SEC.  One year you might be the undefeated BCS champion with a Heisman-winner behind center.  The next, things might go so badly that fans starting calling for changes on the coaching staff.  One year you might be a 2-10 joke that can do no better than hire an ACC unknown as your new head coach.  The next, you might be going bowling with a Coach of the Year candidate at the helm.

In the uber-balanced SEC, fortunes can change quickly.  The idea of a team winning consistently is almost laughable.  And for all the talk of how dominant the SEC West is at the moment — and it is — it wasn’t that long ago that the conference’s might rested in the East.

Below you can see just how the power has shifted.  For kicks, we wanted to see which programs have risen or fallen the most over the past four seasons.  So we compared each program’s combined records from 2008 and 2009 to their combined records from 2010 and 2011.  You can see the ’08-’09 combined standings first, followed by the ’10-’11 combined standings and, finally, the changes from one two-year period to the other.  The results will be painful for some to look at, a joy for others.  But no one should get too cocky or too depressed.  Obviously, in the SEC, life moves pretty fast and changes do come quickly.

 

2008-2009 Combined

EAST   OVERALL RECORD   SEC RECORD
Florida   26-2 15-1
Georgia   18-8 10-6
S. Carolina   14-12 7-9
Kentucky   14-12 5-11
Tennessee   12-13 7-9
Vanderbilt   9-16 4-12
WEST   OVERALL RECORD   SEC RECORD
Alabama   26-2 16-0
Ole Miss   18-8 9-7
LSU   17-9 8-8
Arkansas   13-12 5-11
Auburn   13-12 5-11
Miss. State   9-15 5-11

 

2010-2011 Combined

EAST   OVERALL RECORD   SEC RECORD
S. Carolina   19-7 11-5
Georgia   16-9 10-6
Florida   14-11 7-9
Kentucky   11-14 4-12
Tennessee   11-14 4-12
Vanderbilt   8-16 3-13
WEST   OVERALL RECORD   SEC RECORD
LSU   23-2 14-2
Alabama   21-4 12-4
Auburn   21-5 12-4
Arkansas   20-5 12-4
Miss. State   15-10 6-10
Ole Miss   6-18 1-15

 

Changes From ’08-’09 to ’10-’11

SCHOOL    CHANGE IN OVERALL RECORD    CHANGE IN SEC RECORD
Auburn   Up 7.5 games Up 7 games
LSU   Up 7.5 games Up 6 games
Arkansas   Up 7 games Up 7 games
Miss. State   Up 5.5 games Up 1 game
S. Carolina   Up 5 games Up 4 games
Vanderbilt   Down .5 games Down 1 game
Tennessee   Down 1 game Down 3 games
Georgia   Down 1.5 games No change
Kentucky   Down 2.5 games Down 1 game
Alabama   Down 3.5 games Down 4 games
Florida   Down 10.5 games Down 8 games
Ole Miss   Down 11 games Down 8 games

 

 




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