The University of Alabama is wisely promoting the fact that the school boasts the #1 football program in the country as well as the #1 APR score for a football team in the SEC (11th best in the nation). There’s just one problem. The poster shows Bama on top of a 12-program SEC.
No Missouri. No Texas A&M.
And Missouri — for the record — actually had the highest football APR in the league at 982. Texas A&M came in at 954.
Now, we’ll just chalk this up to some creative spin inside the Tide’s marketing office. APR scores are a four-year rolling average and the last round of scores ended with the 2011-12 school year. Missouri and Texas A&M weren’t in the SEC at that point.
In other words, comparing apples to apples, Alabama was on top of its 11 conference chums from 2008-09 through 2011-12. It’s just that those numbers were released in 2013 and Mizzou and A&M are most definitely in the league now. And one of those schools had a better score than the Tide over the last four-year span.
I think it’s safe to say Alabama fans will see this one way while Missouri fans will see it the other.