The SEC West is the nation’s best.
That’s the finding by Jeff Sagarin’s College Football Ratings. The division earned a central mean of 86.92, outpacing the Pac-12 North (78.98), Pac-12 South (78.78), Big 12 (77.51) and ACC Atlantic (77.28). The Big Ten East, ACC Coastal, Big Ten West, SEC East and AAC West round out the top 10.
As described on Sagarin’s website, the central mean “gives the most weight to the middle team(s) in the group and progressively less weight to teams as you go away from the middle in either direction, up or down. This tends to smooth out the effect of anomalous teams that are rated much higher and lower than the middle team(s) in the group.” (For what it’s worth, the SEC East earned a central mean of 72.49.)
The SEC West’s reputation is well deserved. Alabama is the nation’s top team. Texas A&M and Auburn have put together strong seasons. LSU has shown new life under interim coach Ed Orgeron.
It’s interesting to see why the division is so strong this season. Thanks to Sagarin, we get better context as to how good.