The SEC has long prided itself on its collective play along the offensive and defensive lines. SEC games, more than any other, are won in the trenches, they say. According to Pro Football Focus, week 10 was further proof of that.
In their weekly ranking of the top ten offensive lines in college football, SEC teams took first, second and third place in PFF’s week 10 column.
Coming in first is LSU, with a grade of 88.74 (out of 100). Pro Football Focus singled out the interior of the Tiger offensive line, specifically, citing center Ethan Pocic and guard Josh Boutte as two of the best players at their position in the nation.
In second place is Auburn, grading out at 87.23. The Tigers escaped with a narrow victory against Vanderbilt last weekend, and it was the strength of their run-blocking that allowed the Auburn rushing attack to ultimately put the game away. PFF does not see any superstars across this line, instead praising them as a single unit, calling them “solid across the board.”
In the third slot is Alabama, who was able to walk out of Baton Rouge with a hard-fought 10-0 victory last Saturday. Pro Football Focus gave them a grade of 87.04, noting that they’ve been the eighth-best pass blocking team in the country, according to their rankings.