The SEC boasts most of the last decade’s best college football teams, but dominance comes at a cost.
Blowout wins go hand-in-hand with blowout losses, meaning that several conference teams have suffered in embarrassing fashion while the typical torch-bearers — Alabama, Florida, etc. — dominated.
In the last 10 years, there have been 11 in-conference games decided by 48 or more points. Here’s a rundown:
48 • Texas A&M over Arkansas (2012)
The Aggies made a splash in their first SEC win, walloping Arkansas, 58-10, to begin a memorable run that ended with a Heisman Trophy for Johnny Manziel (557 total yards and four total touchdowns vs. the Razorbacks). Texas A&M later went on the road to upset No. 1 Alabama in what is widely considered one of the conference’s most exciting games of the last decade.
49 • LSU over Kentucky (2006)
A pair of future first-round picks vaulted LSU past Kentucky, 49-0, a decade ago. JaMarcus Russell connected with Dwayne Bowe for two touchdowns — the receiver also caught a third from future national champion Matt Flynn — as the Tigers recorded their fifth straight blowout in Baton Rouge.
49 • LSU over Ole Miss (2011)
“Victory was assured,” LSU coach Les Miles told media after a 52-3 win. “There was no reason to take snaps at that point.” Miles was talking about a specific moment more than five minutes before the final whistle. His team’s blowout win was so complete that the Tigers lined up in the victory formation earlier than any victor in recent memory.
49 • Alabama over Auburn (2012)
The Iron Bowl had not seen a blowout win of that margin — 49-0 — in more than six decades. Alabama lit up Auburn through the air and on the ground, totaling 483 yards (9.8 per pass and 5.7 per rush) in a game Tigers fans have likely blocked from memory.
50 • Florida over South Carolina (2008)
Steve Spurrier’s worst career loss came at the Swamp, his former home. The 56-6 Gators win was part of a national championship season, while Spurrier’s Gamecocks were still a couple years away from reaching the SEC’s elite tier.
51 • South Carolina over Kentucky (2011)
Speaking of that eventual South Carolina run … This was the first of the Gamecocks’ three straight 11-2 teams, and Kentucky was the victim in South Carolina’s largest-ever SEC win, a 54-3 blowout that featured four touchdowns from Connor Shaw and a 100-yard rushing day from Marcus Lattimore.
51 • Mississippi State over Vanderbilt (2014)
With James Franklin skipping town the previous offseason, Vanderbilt fans were dealt a sobering 51-0 reminder that the Commodores belong in the bottom tier of the conference. Of course, Mississippi State typically joins them there, but Dak Prescott and Dan Mullen were busy putting together an all-time great season in Starkville.
52 • Alabama over Arkansas (2012)
Alabama’s 2012 team is the only squad with two games on this list, which figures; it was one of Nick Saban’s best years in Tuscaloosa. An early season 52-0 win over the Razorbacks was a sign that the Crimson Tide were coming for back-to-back championships.
52 • Alabama over Arkansas (2013)
Yes, 52-0 happened two years in a row. The Crimson Tide scored at least one touchdown in every quarter as Razorbacks quarterback Brandon Allen melted down. In a sign of things to come, Derrick Henry scored an 80-yard touchdown in the final minute.
58 • Florida over Kentucky (2008)
The Gators have defeated the Wildcats in 29 straight contests entering this fall. Their 63-5 conquest eight years ago was not even the most lopsided during the current run; that distinction would belong to a 66-point win in 1994, followed by a 65-point win in 1996.
59 • Alabama over Texas A&M (2014)
Alabama got thorough revenge for A&M’s Johnny Manziel-led update in the teams’ previous matchup at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Never mind that the Aggies were ranked No. 21 entering the contest; the Crimson Tide were apparently hellbent on hanging the SEC’s worst in-conference loss of the past decade on A&M.