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Five SEC Teams Make Final Top 25 Polls

Was the SEC down in 2011?

That question was a staple of talk radio programming throughout December as some outside the South tried to downgrade the league.  The thinking went like this: Sure LSU and Alabama are good, but no one else in the SEC is close to them.

The obvious flaw in that argument is this:  Put LSU and Alabama in another league and who in that new league could compete with them?

Following a 6-3 bowl run — with one win and one loss coming against itself — the debate should be over.  No, the SEC wasn’t down in 2011.  In fact, the SEC landed five teams in final Top 25 polls with four of those teams landing in the Top 10 with three reaching the Top 5. 

If five 10+ win teams is “down,” there are plenty of conference commissioners who’d like to suffer through that kind of year.

AP Poll

1.  Alabama 12-1
2.  LSU 13-1
5.  Arkansas 11-2
9.  South Carolina 11-2
19.  Georgia 10-4

(Auburn and next year’s entrant Missouri received votes)

USA Today Coaches Poll

1.  Alabama 12-1
2.  LSU 13-1
5.  Arkansas 11-2
8.  South Carolina 11-2
20.  Georgia 10-4

(Missouri, Texas A&M, Auburn, Florida, and Mississippi State received votes from the coaches.)

No other league matched the SEC’s five ranked teams.  Here’s the AP breakdown by conference:

SEC – 5
Big Ten – 4
Big 12 – 4
ACC – 3
Pac-12 – 3
Big East – 2
C-USA – 2
MWC – 2


Bob C
Bob C

No team in the nation could compete with Alabama or LSU this season. I remember many years when other conferences had two dominant teams and claimed to be the "best conference in America". The other teams in those conferences were eternal doormats. That will never be the case in the SEC.

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