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Mississippi State Fries Rice At Liberty Bowl

postgame-links-150x1501Mississippi State 44 – Rice 7

1. Quarterback Dak Prescott accounts for five touchdowns – three passing and two rushing – and rolls up 361 total yards of offense.

2. 220 receiving yards for Jameon Lewis -  a Mississippi State and Liberty Bowl record.

3. Bulldogs outgained Rice 533-145 and scored the game’s final 44 points.

4. Fourth straight winning season for MSU - coach Dan Mullen has most bowl wins in school history.

5. Most lopsided bowl loss ever for Rice. “They knew where to hit us, where to exploit our weaknesses.”

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The BCS Title Game: Five Teams, Two Slots, One Test Of Blind Resumes

gfx - by the numbersReaders of MrSEC.com know by now that we’re big fans of the “blind resume” test each spring.  As SEC basketball teams jockey for position on the NCAA Tournament bubble, we lay out our own comparison of those squad by the numbers.  About 90% of the teams who earn at-large bids to the tourney can easily be determined by a simple scan of their numerical accomplishments.  RPI, SOS, wins versus top 50 RPI teams, road and neutral court wins, etc, etc.  Survey the data and you’ll be able to predict the NCAA field just like the Jerry Palms and Joe Lunardis.

In football, for now, it’s still more about the eye test than anything quantifiable.  About the only number that comes into play is the big one in each team’s loss column.  Zero losses against a so-so schedule is still better than one loss against a good schedule.  At least that’s how it’s played out in most BCS seasons.

Hopefully that will change with college football going to a new playoff system in which teams will be selected by a panel of experts, not unlike the NCAA Tournament selection committee.  For kicks, we look below at some of the numbers that might be used by future panels to fill out a four-team playoff field.  Only we’ll use those digits, facts, and figures to try and determine the two best football teams this season.  Obviously, there are still some conference championship games to be played and any four of the top five teams in the current BCS standings could lose on Saturday.  But the numbers below still provide some food for thought.

We’ve taken the top five BCS teams — #1 Florida State, #2 Ohio State, #3 Auburn, #4 Alabama and #5 Missouri — and tallied up eight different statistical categories for each.  We’ve removed the names of the schools just to make things more interesting for you.  If you don’t want to cheat, be sure not to click the “read more” button until you’ve studied the chart in full.

First things first, we’ve used the current BCS standings (1-125) for several of our scheduling factors.  Even for those teams not currently ranked in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll or the Harris Poll, there are still rankings produced by the six computer formulas.

Also, keep in mind that we have not included any of the data from these teams’ dates with FCS foes.  Those games haven’t been counted in any way, shape or form in the table below.

Now, for the data we did include:

 

*  Opponents’ winning percentage

*  Overall margin of victory for the season (with deficits in losses deducted)

*  The average margin of victory per game (with deficits in losses deducted)

*  The number of opponents currently ranked in the top 25 of the BCS standings

*  The number of opponents ranked in the top 25 of the USA Today Coaches’ Poll at the time of the game

*  The number of top 50 foes played (according to the current 1-125 BCS rankings)

*  The number of sub-75 foes played (according to the current 1-125 BCS rankings)

*  The average current BCS ranking of each team’s foes

 

One other note, we do include the conference championship games still on the docket for Florida State, Ohio State, Auburn and Missouri when dealing with their schedule-strength numbers.  Obviously those final figures will be impacted by this weekend’s results.

Now, without further ado, the numbers for the top five teams in the current BCS standings are in the chart below.  The teams are listed in random order just to keep you guessing.  After clicking the “read more” button, you’ll see which team is which, their current BCS rankings and their overall records.  Here goes…

 

  School   Team A     Team B     Team C     Team D     Team E  
  Opp. Winning Percentage   .506   .496   .604   .493   .569
  Total Margin of Victory (Season)   259   238   134   464   188
  Margin of Victory per Game   23.54   23.80   12.18   42.18   17.09
  Current BCS Top 25 Opp.   2   3   5   2   4
  Coaches’ Top 25 Opp. At Time   3   4   6   4   6
  Top 50 BCS Opp. Played   4   6   8   2   6
  Sub-75 BCS Opp. Played   3   4   2   4   1
  Avg. Current BCS Rank of Opp.   59.25   57.00   41.75   62.16   46.66

 

Once you take the names off the teams and you strip them of their current rankings (which have been impacted by their preseason rank), things boil down to a simple choice between two options.  If you’re looking for dominant teams against less imposing foes, Teams D, B and A are for you.  They’ve walloped their foes.  But the collective strength of their opponents is spotty at best.  Two of those teams have played FBS schedules consisting of teams that are below .500 combined.  Team A’s foes were barely over .500.

The other option is to go with teams that have played closer games, but against more challenging competition.  Team C, for example, has won its FBS games by an average of just 12 points per contest, but the average squad on that team’s schedule would be ranked right around #42 in the current BCS standings.  Team C has played eight top 50 BCS foes.  Its FBS opponents have a combined winning percentage of .604.  Team E ranks just behind Team C in terms of the schedule measures.  While Team E has played six top 50 BCS squads, it has only played one FBS opponent ranked 75th or below.  Just one.

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Aaron Murray Sets SEC Passing Record; Johnny Manziel And A&M Blitz Bulldogs

postgame-links-150x1501Georgia 45 – Appalachian State 6. Video Highlights

1. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray becomes the SEC’s all-time career touchdown passing leader. 

2. Murray ties Danny Wuerffel’s career mark of 114 with first-quarter touchdown; breaks record on second quarter touchdown pass to Michael Bennett.

3. Georgia hit with another targeting penalty.  Safety Corey Moore ejected from the game in the second quarter.

Texas A&M 51 – Mississippi State 41. Video Highlights

4. Quick-strike Aggies blitz the Bulldogs.  All seven of A&M’s touchdown drives take less than two minutes.

5. Fans chant “One more year!” to Johnny Manziel.  Quarterback completes 30-of-39 passes for 446 yards and five touchdowns.

6. Manziel on NFL: I’m just focusing on getting us to a BCS berth (or) the best bowl game we can get to.”  Coach Kevin Sumlin on USC rumors: “I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about LSU.”

7. Aggies score late second-half touchdown to push lead from two to nine points.  MSU coach Dan Mullen: “Appears to be our Achilles’ heel.”

8. MSU quarterback Dak Prescott plays less than a week after his mother died of colon cancer.  Had 149 passing yards and another 154 on the ground.

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MSU QB Prescott Loses Mother To Cancer

PeggyThe mother of Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott has lost her battle with colon cancer.  Peggy Prescott, the 52-year-old mother of three, passed away yesterday morning.

Dan Mullen said in an MSU press release:

 

“The Mississippi State footbally family is completely saddened by the passing of Dak Prescott’s mom, Peggy.  They shared an extraordinary mother-son relationship.  We know Dak will carry on here great strength and kindness.  Please pray for Dak and his family as they go through this difficult time.  We also kindly ask that you please respect their privacy.”

 

Prescott, a sophomore at State, shaved his head prior to this football season as a show of support for his mother’s battle with cancer.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family.

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Mississippi State Cruises At Home, Missouri Rolls On The Road

postgame-linksMississippi State 62 – Troy 7. Video Highlights

1. Breakout game for sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott.  MSU scores 35 points in the second quarter – second most in program history.

2. Prescott throws for 233 yards and one touchdown – rushes for two more. Catches a 36-yard touchdown pass.

3. Troy gained 574 yards against MSU last year – just 186 yards against the Bulldogs defense this year.

Missouri 45 – Indiana 28. (Highlights not available)

4. Career-high 343 passing yards for quarterback James Franklin.

5. Missouri defense has already eclipsed its interception total from all of last year.

6. Coach Gary Pinkel gets his 93rd career win at Mizzou - tying him for second all-time at the school with Dan Devine.

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Mullen’s MSU Castle Built On Sand

sand-castle-betterA year ago today, Mississippi State was sitting pretty at 3-0.  Dan Mullen had finally gotten his first win over an SEC West foe not named Ole Miss (in a 28-10 win over Auburn).  The Bulldogs would eventually work themselves all the way to a 7-0 record and a top 15 national ranking.  Three years of building were finally paying off for State and its fourth-year head coach.

How quickly things can change.

When we at MrSEC.com mentioned throughout that 7-0 start that MSU had yet to beat a good BCS foe (Jackson State, Auburn, Troy, South Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi State were the wins), many Bulldog fans bit back.  Their program had been in a rebuilding mode, we were told.  Better to see victories over tin cans than losses to the big boys.

Today, Mullen gets much less protection from the fans who once cheered him.  That’s because the so-called big boys of college football have kicked over and stomped upon Mississippi State’s castle.  MSU has followed up on last year’s 7-0 start by losing five of its last six in 2012 and two of its first three in 2013.  Losing seven out of nine games (with the wins coming against Arkansas and Alcorn State) is no way to please a fanbase.  Not even fanbases that once defended cupcake scheduling.

As it turns out, the numbers for Mullen suggest the castle he’d constructed was built on sand in the first place:

 

*  Mullen is 30-24 overall at Mississippi State

*  His Bulldog teams are 2-17 against ranked opponents

*  State is just 5-17 versus SEC West foes

*  MSU is 13-20 in the SEC overall during Mullen’s tenure

*  Of State’s 30 overall victories, five have come against FCS foes

*  Only 15 of Mullen’s 30 victories have been gained against against BCS-level opponents

 

In addition, there’s a clear separation between the haves and have-nots that Mullen’s teams have bested to date:

 

*  Mullen has recorded wins over Alcorn State (2), Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Houston, Jackson State (2), Kentucky (4), Louisiana Tech, Memphis (2), Michigan, MTSU (2), Ole Miss (3), South Alabama, Tennessee, Troy, UAB, UT-Martin, Wake Forest, and Vanderbilt.

*  State’s losses under Mullen have come against Alabama (4), Arkansas (3), Auburn (4), Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Houston, LSU (4), Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and Texas A&M.

 

In four-plus seasons in Starkville, Mullen’s squads have recorded wins over six teams that finished their seasons with winning records (MTSU 8-4, Louisiana Tech 8-5, Florida 8-5, Michigan 7-6, MTSU 10-3, Kentucky 7-6).  The teams MSU has vanquished since 2009 have a combined record of 125-185.

That might get you to a middle-tier bowl game — which beats no bowl game at all — but it’s hardly the way to a division title.

If you personally ate more cupcakes than meat or vegetables, your doctor would tell you to change your diet.  The question is: Can Mullen succeed if State changes its diet?  Moving forward, we probably won’t find out from a non-conference perspective.  MSU’s list of future out-of-league foes includes Southern Miss, UAB, South Alabama, UT-Martin, Louisiana Tech, Troy and Tulane.  And after taking a 21-3 shot to the chin in this year’s opener against Oklahoma State, it’s doubtful that Mullen and AD Scott Stricklin will venture back into pay-for-play, neutral site game anytime soon.

In fairness to Mullen, the SEC West has been about the toughest division in football since his arrival in the Magnolia State.  There haven’t been many teams who’ve beaten Alabama or LSU in that time.  And — up until last year — Mullen had owned hated rival Ole Miss, going three-for-three in the Egg Bowl, marking the first time State had pulled a trifecta in the series since World War II.

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Steele And Ray Go Back And Forth On Player’s Departure From MSU

jalen-steele-msuThis much we do know — senior guard Jalen Steele will not be a member of the 2013-14 Mississippi State basketball team.  How it got to that point?  Well, that’s where things get a little more murky.

According to an MSU release yesterday, the oft-injured Steele — a broken wrist and a couple of ACL tears — would heal himself and get his degree instead of playing hoops.  Rick Ray was quoted as saying: “What Jalen has experienced with injuries has been extremely unfortunate.  He’s battled through a lot of adversity, and it’s important we do everything we can to support and help him earn his degree from Mississippi State.”

Ah, but then came wave after wave of Twitter messages from Steele himself:

 

*  “Hilarious I’m not done playing just wanted to take a year off to get stronger and be strong for my senior year.”

*  “I came back last year to play ball and also for the people of Mississippi state we a family but there is always a home wrecker.”

*  “All I wanted was a redshirt and come back stronger next year but they got what they wanted…..”

 

Steele also tweeted: “I hope my dude stay strong those snakes coming for him Next I heard they said 1 down 1 more to go….”

CBSSports.com’s Gary Parrish then went back to Ray to get some clarification on just why the heck a player who averaged 10 points per game last season won’t return.  According to Parrish:

 

“Ray explained that although Mississippi State’s medical staff has already cleared Steele to play basketball without restrictions nearly two months in advance of the start of the season, Steele wanted to redshirt this year and return to the Bulldogs as a senior for the 2014-15 season.  Problem is, Mississippi State will not have a scholarship available for the 2014-15 season.  So that wasn’t a practical option from the coaching staff’s perspective.”

 

Ray said he had no ill feelings toward Steele, who can still graduate from MSU and then transfer and play without restrictions next season.

Steele is a former Mr. Basketball in the state of Tennessee, having played high school ball in Knoxville.  His high school coach, Jody Wright, had some tough words for Ray:

 

“… I feel like in this situation Jalen Steele — who stayed in Starkville after everybody else left (following Rick Stansbury’s forced retirement) — showed his commitment to Mississippi State.  I feel like he was treated like a commodity by Rick Ray.  Nothing more than a scholarship.”

 

Interestingly, Tennessee is expecting to lose a number of key players after this season.  If Steele graduates on time and if the SEC doesn’t get involved (remember that 2011 edict banning graduated transfers?), it would appear possible that the guard might finish his career in his hometown.  However, UT’s Cuonzo Martin and MSU’s Ray are pals.  Both served on Matt Painter’s Purdue staff in 2007 and 2008.  Would Martin take on one of Ray’s exes if he has room and if Steele wants to go in that direction?

That’s a lot of ifs.

 

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The SEC’s Best Football Programs Part 5: Ranking Them From 1 To 14

mrsec stat analysis newFour categories.  Twenty sub-categories.  Numbers and data.  All-time wins and climate reports.  Heisman trophies and talent pools.  You name it, we’ve included it in our multi-part series that attempts to rank the SEC’s best football programs from #1 to #14.

You can read an overview of the project here.

Part 1 — Recruiting Base — can be found here.

Part 2 — Tradition — can be found here.

Part 3 — Campus Life – can be found here.

Part 4 — Recent History — can be found here.

And below, you’ll find our scoring chart.  Seeing as how we’ve received at least one email or comment expressing disagreement over every single one of the 20 topics we’ve chosen to include, we fully expect to hear some gripes and grumbles about our scoring methodology.  That’s OK.  We’re not trying to get this project past Will Hunting and the guys at MIT.

Rather simply providing a ranking of programs off the top of our heads — which so many folks have done in the past — we wanted to put some numbers to the whole thing.  In fact, we’ve wanted to do this for a couple of years now… but it’s a time-consuming drill.  These numbers couldn’t all be found in one site (until now).

Over the past few days we’ve shown you the breakdowns of how the SEC’s programs ranked in terms of:

 

* Recruiting Base: NFL Picks over Recent 20 Years

* Recruiting Base: 4- and 5-Star Signees over Last 5 Years

* Tradition: All-Time Wins

* Tradition: Conference Championships (1950-2012) (Most modern conferences began to take shape around 1950)

* Tradition: National Championships (1936-2012) (The AP Poll was launched for good in 1936)

* Tradition: All-Time Bowl Appearances

* Tradition: All-Time Heisman Trophy Winners

* Campus Life: Average Number of Sunny Days

* Campus Life: Percentage of Female Students in Campus Population

* Campus Life: Percentage of Ethnic Students in Campus Population

* Campus Life: Average Football Attendance

* Campus Life: Licensed Merchandise Sold

* Recent History: Stadium Size (Current capacity)

* Recent History: Wins over Last 10 Years

* Recent History: Conference Championships over Last 10 Years

* Recent History: National Championships over Last 10 Years

* Recent History: Bowl Appearances over Last 10 Years

* Recent History: Heisman Trophy Winners over Last 10 Years

* Recent History: NFL Draft Picks over Last 10 Years

* Recent History: 1st Round Draft Picks over Last 10 Years

 

So what counts most?  The category labeled Recent History.  Those accomplishments are essentially covered twice (in the Recent History and Tradition categories).  Recent success is what today’s recruits know.  So when you see the final rankings, the last 10 years will play a role.

At the same time, tradition counts, too.  A program that has lived through 90 years of frustrations to turn things around in the most recent decade shouldn’t be expected to land atop our rankings.

As for determining those rankings we decided to convert league-wide percentages into a point system.  Example: Since 1936, the SEC’s current members have won 22 “major poll” national championships.  Alabama has won 10 of those.  Percentage-wise, that’s .454 of the SEC’s national titles.  So Bama would receive .454 points in our system.

Yes, yes, there are other ways to do it.  We welcome you to have at it.  But for our fun little exercise we decided it would be more fun to say: “School X is responsible for .333 of the SEC’s conference titles in the last decade… so we gave them .333 points in this category.”

Obviously the higher the score the better a team’s rank.  Of the 20 categories we used, 19 are positive numbers (meaning the higher the number, the better).  Merchandise sold, however, was a ranking provided by Collegiate Licensing Company in which the lower the number, the better.  So for that one category, we actually subtract the percentages/points.

We counted to the third decimal place, in case you’re wondering, and all of our percentages when added together equal between 99 and 100.

You can click the links above to see the actual wins, losses, championships, etc for each category.  Below, we simply show you what percentage of a category each school was responsible for.  The final number — merchandise sold — was subtracted as part of the tallying process.

Before you get too upset about out over-simplified methodology, take a look at the actual results.  We found them to be pretty darn close to what we might have thrown out off the top of our heads anyway.

On to the scores:

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The SEC’s Best Football Programs Part 4: Recent History

mrsec stat analysis newAll week long, we at MrSEC.com have been trying to use data, some real numbers to determine which SEC football programs are currently best… and worst.  For an overview of this project, you can click right here.  You’ll find — among other things — that we are ranking all 14 schools in four categories: Recruiting Base, Tradition, Campus Life and Recent History.

Under each of those four umbrella categories there are 20 sub-categories.

Part 1 of our series — Recruiting Base — can be found here.

Part 2 of our series — Tradition — can be found here.

Part 3 of our series — Campus Life — can be found here.

In this space, we look at the most important aspect of a program: Recent History.  The memories of today’s recruits can only go back so far.  So what a program has accomplished in the last decade is incredibly important.  Because of that, there are more sub-categories in this section.

As part of Recent History, we’ve included stadium size as a representation of a school’s current facilities.  Typically, the bigger the stadium from a capacity standpoint, the better the football complex and practice fields on a specific campus.  So that’s where we’ll start today.

Using the 2013 SEC Football Media Guide and the data provided by the schools, below is a listing of each school’s stadium size.  We use only a school’s main stadium, meaning a program like Arkansas’ grade comes from the facility in Fayetteville, not Little Rock.  Let’s get started:

 

Recent History: Stadium Size

  ALA   ARK   AUB   UF   UGA   UK   LSU   MSU   MU   UM   USC   UT   A&M   VU
  101,821   72,000   87,451   88,548   92,746   67,942   92,400   55,082   71,004   60,580   80,250   102,455   83,002   40,550

 

There is a pretty clear division between the SEC’s traditional haves and have-nots.  The six “power” programs that were split evenly across two divisions when the league expanded in 1992 — Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee — all have stadiums seating at least 87,000.

SEC additions Texas A&M and South Carolina have stadiums with capacities over 80,000.  No other SEC schools top that mark.

The smallest facilities — currently — belong to Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.  MSU is currently involved in a stadium expansion project that will eventually give the Bulldogs a slight boost in this category.

 

Now we will look at each school’s win total over the past decade.  We have included the actual gameday records for all of the schools.  Vacated wins have not been deducted because today’s recruits would still remember those games as they happened.  In Alabama’s case, for example, we don’t think recruits would pay much attention to the fact that the school had to surrender some wins in the record book due to a scandal involving text books.

With that said, here are the win totals for the last 10 years:

 

Recent History: Wins Over Last 10 Years (2003-2012)

  ALA   ARK   AUB   UF   UGA   UK   LSU   MSU   MU   UM   USC   UT   A&M   VU
  94   74   88   98   97   52   107   52   81    55   77   72   69   44

 

LSU leads the way in victories.  In fact the Tigers are the only SEC program to top the 100-victory plateau.

Ole Miss, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt bring up the rear.

 

Next we’ll look at recent conference championships.  Below is a breakdown of conference title winners for the past decade:

 

Recent History: Conference Championships Over Last 10 Years (2003-2012)

  ALA   ARK   AUB   UF   UGA   UK   LSU   MSU   MU   UM   USC   UT   A&M   VU
  2   0   2   2   1   0   3   0   0   0   0   0   0   0

 

Once again, LSU is the leader.  In this instance, the Tigers have won three titles in the last decade.  The remaining SEC crowns were secured by Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia.

In case you’re wondering, SEC newcomers Texas A&M and Missouri did not win Big 12 championships over the past decade, thus the zeroes beneath their names.

 

Next, we breakdown the national championships won by current SEC members.  Again, we focus only on the past decade:

 

Recent History: National Championships Over Last 10 Years (2003-2012)

  ALA   ARK   AUB   UF   UGA   UK   LSU   MSU   MU   UM   USC   UT   A&M   VU
  3   0   1   2   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0

 

As you can see, the SEC has collected eight national titles over the past 10 years.  Three of those were captured by Alabama.  Florida and LSU each have two and Auburn has one.

Some will point out that we’ve already included these championships (as well as the conference championships and total wins listed above) in our project under different category headings.  We have.  We have counted all-time wins and all-time championships under the Tradition category and we’ve included these most recent wins and titles here.  While schools will push their tradition to recruits, recent history — what recruits have seen with their own eyes — has even more value.  For that reason these sub-categories are, in effect, scored twice in our system.

 

Up next, we look at each SEC school’s recent bowl participation.  This is a simple listing of the number of bowl invitations received by each member program over the last decade:

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The SEC’s Best Football Programs Part 2: Tradition

mrsec stat analysis newIn our ongoing effort to rank the SEC’s football programs from best to worst, we now turn our attention to tradition.  Historical records, championships and accomplishments.  The banners on the wall and the trophies in the case.

For an explanation of our overall project, click right here.  You will find there that our first decision was to look at the SEC’s programs from four different angles: Recruiting Base, Tradition, Campus Life and Recent History.  Each category is divided into sub-categories (there are 20 in all).  The more important a category is to a program’s current success, the more sub-categories within that category.

Recruiting Base was the least important category, so it was made up of just two sub-categories.  You can find those two listings by clicking right here.  Tradition, in our view, is more important to the success of a program.  Those programs that have been good for ages tend to bounce back when they stumble.  Strong programs might wander through the gridiron wilderness for anywhere from five to 20 years — Alabama, Oklahoma, Southern Cal, Tennessee, LSU, and Texas all have — but eventually they rise again.  Part of the reason?  Traditional powers have something to sell to recruits even when they’re struggling in the win column.

Being an important category, there are actually five numbers (or sub-categories) that we include under the Tradition umbrella.

First, we look simply at all-time wins.  Straight and to-the-point, these numbers were taken directly from the 2013 SEC Football Media Guide:

 

Tradition: All-Time Wins

  ALA   ARK   AUB   UF   UGA   UK   LSU   MSU   MU   UM   USC   UT   A&M   VU
  827   684   714   680   759   580   743   514   631   628   565   799   692   572

 

When it comes to tradition, Alabama and Tennessee are going to score well time and again.  That is certainly true in terms of all-time victories.  With the Volunteers’ next win, they will join the Crimson Tide in the 800-victory club.  Georgia, LSU and Auburn are the only other SEC schools to have notched 700 wins.

At the other end of the chart, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Mississippi State are all below the 600-win mark.

 

Next, we consider all conference championships dating back to 1950.  Forfeited or vacated championships were not counted.  Championships in other leagues like the Southwest Conference, Big 8, Big 12, or ACC were included in this category:

 

Tradition: Conference Championships (1950-2012)

  ALA   ARK   AUB   UF   UGA   UK   LSU   MSU   MU   UM   USC   UT   A&M   VU
  19   11   7   8   9   1   9   0   2   5   1   9   10   0

 

Alabama is once again the hands-down leader in this category, boasting 19 Southeastern Conference championships.  Mississippi State and Vanderbilt have yet to win a conference title of any sort.  South Carolina (ACC) and Kentucky each have one crown.

Kentucky and Florida have each been stripped of one conference title due to NCAA and SEC sanctions.

 

Next, we tally the number of major national championships won by each SEC institution since 1936 (the Associated Press poll has run every season since that year).  We have counted the national titles awarded by the AP Poll, the Coaches’ Poll, and the BCS.  A school was credited for the season, not the total championships.  So even if a school won both the AP and UPI Coaches’ polls, the school would be credited with one national title:

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