The SEC is cutting cupcakes from its schedule, but has historically enjoyed the sweet taste of victory against other Power 5 conferences.
A rule established in 2014 will be in effect starting this year that requires all schools to play at least one game against a team from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten or Pac-12 (or a select few independents). In addition to eight in-conference games, members of the Southeastern Conference must now take an extra step in strengthening schedules and building a resume they hope to be deemed worthy of a playoff spot by the selection committee.
The players of yesterday won’t make a difference in the results of tomorrow, but the past results are worth a closer look. When pointing to the overall scoreboard, it appears the SEC has plenty to boast about.
Here’s a look at the SEC’s all-time record against every major conference, according to mcubed.net.
SEC vs. AAC: 12-5
SEC vs. Big East: 25-29
SEC vs. C-USA: 130-24
SEC vs. Independents: 623-288-21
SEC vs. MAC: 86-14
SEC vs. MWC: 17-7
SEC vs. SWC: 197-141-17
SEC vs. Sun Belt: 126-7
SEC vs. WAC: 71-11
The Big East is the only league with a winning record against the SEC. The now-defunct conference went 4-1 against the SEC in its final year — 2012 — including No. 21 Louisville’s 33-23 win over No. 3 Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Western Kentucky beat Kentucky in 2013, but the SEC has gone 18-0 against the Sun Belt in the last two seasons and is 126-7 all-time.
SEC VS. POWER 5 BY WINNING PCT.
.663 (vs. ACC)
.627 (vs. Pac-12)
.599 (vs. Big Ten)
.553 (vs. Big 12)
- After the conferences went 6-6 against one another in 2008, the SEC won the head-to-head for five consecutive seasons before a 3-5 stretch in 2014. The SEC claimed a narrow margin of victory in 2015, going 6-4 and scoring 27 points per game against ACC opponents.
VS. BIG 12
- The SEC has won just more than 55 percent of its games against the Big 12, ranking as its lowest winning percentage against other power conferences. With that said, the Big 12 hasn’t claimed a winning decade against the SEC since the 1980s and is 8-16 against the conference from 2010 to present.
VS. BIG TEN
- The SEC is 20 games over .500 (49-29) against the Big Ten in postseason play and is claiming victory at a 60 percent clip all-time. A full decade has passed since the Big Ten claimed a season head-to-head winning record, going 3-1 against the SEC in 2006. Since they have finished at .500 or worse against the Southeastern Conference, going a combined 13-24 from 2007 to present.
- Texas A&M defeated Arizona State 38-17 to open the 2015 season, the only matchup between the Pac-12 and SEC last year. Oregon has participated in half of the games between the two conferences since 2010, going 2-2 against a combination of Tennessee, LSU and Auburn. The SEC owns a slight advantage in bowl games at 8-7-1 with the lone tie coming in the 1985 Sun Bowl against Arizona and Georgia.