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SEC: Losing Mojo, or Just More Lopsided?


It’s hard to say the word “mojo” in my head without immediately saying “Jojo” afterward.

Here’s something you’ve probably heard from your Big 12 friends before: the SEC is overrated.  They say it every year through the regular season, and then bowl games start, and there’s not really much left to say.  Seven years running with SEC champions, and the only SEC team to lose in the title game, LSU, lost to another SEC team.

But this regular season, there might be some validity to the “overrated” talk.  After yesterday’s games, SEC teams are now 5-6 against AQ (automatic qualifier) opponents, and even the “top” teams like Georgia and Florida have dropped non-conference games.  Sure, they were against good teams (Clemson and Miami), but isn’t the point of having the best conference that your teams beat teams from other conferences?  Tell me where I’m going wrong here, but it seems like the mojo is starting to wane.

Of course, you could just say that the talent discrepancy between the SEC and the rest of the BCS isn’t gone, just… consolidated.  Into the SEC West.  You know, far away from us (for now).  So does that make it SEC West vs. The World?  As the years go on, the abundance of talent in the SEC seems to have shifted its way into the Western half of the conference.  Alabama, LSU, and A&M are all top ten teams, while Georgia is the only Eastern representative.  Meanwhile, Vandy, Tennessee, and Kentucky already have a pair of losses out of the East, while Miss. St. is the only team with two Ls in the West.

Alabama and LSU have yet to lose at all, and A&M’s only loss is to Bama.  Heck, even Ole Miss is undefeated after beating Texas AT Texas (headline idea: “Mack Brown = Texas Toast?” You’re welcome, Internet.).  That 5-6 record against AQs?  Two-thirds of the losses came from the East.

So with all of that, which is it?  Is the SEC dominance finally over, or has it just moved to one side of the Mississippi River?  Personally, I won’t buy that the streak is over until Alabama loses.  But if there was a year that Oregon could sneak in a title, it’s probably this one.

Article written by Corey Nichols

13 Comments for SEC: Losing Mojo, or Just More Lopsided?

  1. BluKudzu
    5:56 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    Blasphemy. You are a couple of twitter muscles away from getting a very tersely worded “how do you do.”
    SEC forever, the rest of collegiate football combined, never!
    You have really got to stop drinking the Bong water, the effects are so humiliating for you.
    The national championship is played in Atlanta, the bowl season is just a gift.

  2. MR.Reality
    6:06 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    A Kentucky site writing about is the SEC overated. Well it’s quite embarrassing to even say anything like this, considering we are always at the bottom. Even in our few “very “at that ! Our best years we finish in the lower half.

  3. jpg
    6:12 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    The SEC has its top, middle and bottom, like every other conference.. The thing that sets the SEC apart from other conferences is that the SEC is not comprised of 2 teams that are far and away the top-2 teams in the conference. Bama, LSU, Texas A&M, USCjr and Georgia are all elite. Georgia lost to what I consider to be the top ACC team on the road. The SEC’s top is always deep, and that will always be the difference.

    Florida, for me, is not elite this season. They have very little offensive identity, and Muschamp will probably be out if things keep going the way they are. They are in the middle. They lost to a bad Miami team that only put up 212 yards of offense.

    Ole Miss. turned success with a rather soft SEC schedule last year, into the #1 recruiting class in the country. They are making strides in the SEC, and are solidly at the top of the middle.

    The bottom for me is UK, UT, Arkansas, Missouri, and Miss St.

  4. HicksPickSix
    6:44 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    The title of this post reads a lot better if you replace “SEC” with “Corey Nichols.”

  5. schwing
    6:48 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    somebody needs a geography lesson.

  6. Jeffrey
    7:09 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    The SEC is just more down this year than others, I’d say that there are probably only three really good teams (BAMA, UGA, A&M) and then a handful of good teams that are very beatable (UF, SCARR, Ole Miss, LSU.) and then you have the rest.

    Other years, just the good teams would be very hard to beat, but they’re very vulnerable this year. But if you look at other conference top teams, they’re not looking to hot. Michigan being an example.

  7. Cincy Cayt
    7:12 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    The “SEC dominance” will be declared over by the media as soon as some other conference wins the championship. Until then, I don’t think it matters if half of the conference isn’t that good, it will all be part of the ongoing dynasty. Call me when it looks as though an SEC team isn’t going to make the national championship game and then I’ll get worried. Last I checked we still have Bama, LSU, and Ole Miss (I know, I know) undefeated. Not to mention UGA, SC, and maybe even UF are title game contenders if they win out. My bet is on one of Bama/LSU holding down the fort this year and beating Oregon/OSU in the title game.

  8. Cincy Cayt
    7:13 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    ^ I forgot to mention A&M as being in the title hunt as well with only one loss. Just adding to the “not worried yet” feeling.

  9. John Hardesty
    7:36 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky Wildcats having Mojo, is like Jim Morrison singing Barry Manilow songs, ain’t never gonna happen! UK faces the heart of the SEC schedule, expect a few close games, but no wins, they just don’t have the players to sustain a long season! Make a note of this, UK will never win a SEC title with the likes of these Giants: Bama, LSU, Florida, Texas A.M., Georgia, etc., just won’t happen, will never get the recruits or the muscle needed to win big games, Oh, they’ll luck out on a few games, but never in the hunt for a Title! Stoops will build a strong Defense, but cannot hold a candle to the Big Giants of the SEC, never!

  10. Scarlet Knights
    8:52 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    Arkansas choking at Rutgers didn’t help. That is two SEC teams losing to some conference called “The American Athletic”.

  11. The Chronic(what?!)-cles of Andre Riddick
    9:58 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    Whoa, wait…the SEC West is maybe better than the East now? That sure is some hard hitting, cutting edge insider type info. Hey, Nostradamus, do you know how “LOST” is gonna end?

  12. jpg
    1:03 am September 23, 2013 Permalink

    10, I was rooting for Rutgers. UK and anyone in the lower half of the SEC should have been, because it doesn’t help UK if they are succeeding and getting attention from recruits.

    9, Ole Miss had mediocre success before this Freeze tear. They just brought in the #1 class this past pre-season, and are on a role. Who knows what will happen down the road? My favorite thing is that you speak like it is the word on the subject, but then provide no rationale. You say UK won’t have the players, yet Stoops and company are bringing in a loaded class for 2014, and will probably do just as well the following class. I just love how you say UK will NEVER win big games. Your prognostication might need to be used for more humanitarian things since it is so certain.

    Go Cats!!!

  13. John Hardesty
    2:17 pm September 24, 2013 Permalink

    No. 12 or jpg, the question was about MOJO, and I stand behind my statement, UK Basketball has the best recruits in the 2013 season, and I bet they don’t even make it to the ELITE 8, much less in the hunt, so what if Stoops has the recruits, he’ll never muster enough wins to garnish an SEC title, never, ain’t going to happen even if God Himself was/is coaching!! UK football ranks in History as the worst fitting program! You bought and bought before, what has that brought you, NO. 12? That’s Right:Nothing!! UK sad Lot! UL will remain the best in the state, get use to it!!!