Is the SEC the best conference in college football?
That debate is sure to continue. However, the SEC has a convincing case to stake their claim as the best conference this season after a dominant bowl season.
The SEC set a new NCAA record for bowl game victories in a single season with eight. It led all conferences in bowl game victories and also sported an 80-percent winning percentage.
“There is great satisfaction in hearing ‘S-E-C’ chanted at stadiums across the south during the last week,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a press release.
“My congratulations to our football teams for establishing a record reflecting the focus, preparation and competitive spirit of hundreds of student-athletes and their coaches. SEC fans turned out to attend bowl games in impressive numbers and showed the passion that sets our Conference apart. We now look forward to January 11 when Alabama meets Clemson for the SEC’s ninth trip to the national title game in the last 10 years.”
The SEC has won 15 bowl games in the last two seasons, which is also a record. Seven of the SEC’s bowl game victories this season came against a power five conference opponent, including a 3-1 mark against Top 25 teams.
The SEC’s average margin of victory was 26 points this postseason.
Additionally, the SEC sent 10 team to compete in bowl games, making the conference the first to send 10 teams to the postseason in three consecutive seasons.
In 2014, the SEC sent an NCAA-record 12 teams to bowl games. The conference has sent at least eight teams to bowl games in each of the last 10 seasons.
The SEC’s eight bowl game victories broke the conference’s previous record of seven, which was set in 2007 and matched in both 2013 and 2014.