The SEC East is bad, but we didn’t know it was this bad.
The division was projected before the season to have a national title contender in Tennessee and two more decent or pretty good teams in Florida and Georgia. Those programs were supposed to make up for an uninspiring bottom part of the division.
Instead, after South Carolina’s upset of Tennessee and Georgia’s collapse over the past five games, Florida is now alone atop the division. And in second place? The Kentucky Wildcats, who started the season 2-3, including a loss to Southern Mississippi.
The SEC East is so bad that, according to Bill Connelly’s S&P+ rankings, no division among the Power 5 conferences is worse.
Take a look at the average rank for the teams in each division in the FBS. Down below even the Big 12 and the Big Ten West, there sits the SEC East.
|Division||Average S&P+ Ranking|
|Big Ten East||46|
|Big Ten West||53|
The average rank for the teams in the East is 58.7. Compare that to the West, which leads all divisions with an average ranking of 25.4.
Again, Florida is holding its own, ranked No. 9 in S&P+. The numbers, which rank the overall quality of a team rather than the strength of its resume, still have Tennessee at 32nd. After that, it’s a pretty steep drop-off.