With a win tonight, the Cleveland Indians can end one of the longest championship droughts in all of sports.
The Indians have not won a World Series since 1948. A win on Sunday night would give them their first world series in 68 years and end the second-longest title drought in baseball. Of course, the longest title drought in all of professional sports belongs to Chicago Cubs, who have gone 108 years since winning their last championship.
The Cubs’ drought got us thinking, what are the longest SEC title droughts in football? The conference has made some additions over the years, such as Arkansas and South Carolina joining the conference in 1991 and Missouri and Texas A&M in 2012. None of those schools have won a championship in the SEC.
T-5. Arkansas and South Carolina. Current title drought: 25 years
Arkansas and South Carolina both entered the conference in 1991, bringing the SEC’s membership to 12 teams. South Carolina has appeared in one SEC championship game, and Arkansas three. Among original SEC members that have won at least one title, Tennessee has the longest drought since its last championship, which came in 1998.
4. Kentucky. Current title drought: 40 years
The Wildcats have won 18 SEC basketball regular season titles since their last football title in 1976. And the SEC didn’t start the SEC basketball tournament until 1979 (UK has won 16 of those). The Wildcats are one of three SEC teams to have never won an SEC division. Texas A&M and Vanderbilt are the other two teams to have never appeared in an SEC championship game.
3. Ole Miss. Current title drought: 53 years
While the Rebels have been competitive in recent years, it’s been over 50 years since they were the best team in the SEC. Ole Miss has had more starting quarterbacks from the Manning family, Eli and Archie, than SEC West division championships, none.
2. Mississippi State. Current title drought: 75 years
The Bulldogs’ lone SEC championship came back when both Tulane and Georgia Tech were in the conference. Both schools actually won an SEC championship more recently than Mississippi State. The Yellow Jackets won an SEC title in 1952, while Tulane did it in 1949.
1. Vanderbilt. Current title drought: 84 years
The Commodores are the lone founding member of the SEC to have never won the SEC since it started in 1932. Vanderbilt is currently 1-3 in conference, so it looks unlikely that the Commodores will end their drought this year. They are the Chicago Cubs of the SEC.