The college football season is over, and it’s time to assess just how well each team performed. USA Today’s Paul Myerberg was up to that task, assigning grades to all 128 FBS programs.
Among those, obviously, were the 14 SEC teams. We pulled out his individual assessments of those teams, which appear to be weighed against expectations for that team coming into the season.
Per Myerberg, these grades were assessed using a variety of factors.
Various factors were taken into account, as in a normal classroom. Attendance. Performance. Final exams, otherwise known as the postseason. Combined, these elements make up each team’s final letter grade for the 2016 season.
Don’t count on Greg Sankey hanging the conference report card on the refrigerator at the league offices in Birmingham. Here’s a look at how Myerberg graded each SEC team:
- Alabama: A-plus
- Arkansas: C-minus
- Auburn: B
- Florida: B
- Georgia: C
- Kentucky: C-plus
- LSU: C-plus
- Mississippi State: C-minus
- Missouri: C-minus
- Ole Miss: D
- South Carolina: B
- Tennessee: B-minus
- Texas A&M: C
- Vanderbilt: B
- Alabama receiving an A-plus rating despite losing the national title game was the right call. People hold the Crimson Tide to a higher standard, but it was still a fantastic season by any measure. Alabama joined Clemson, Washington and Western Michigan as the only teams to receive that distinction.
- LSU may have been the second-best team in the SEC this season, but the C-plus rating reflects what a whirlwind it turned out to be. The team failed to meet lofty preseason expectations.
- Ole Miss received the conference’s lowest grade, and that’s probably deserving. Coming off a Sugar Bowl victory, the Rebels returned Chad Kelly and won just five games.
- Texas A&M bombed the second half of the “semester” for this grade. The Aggies had to be sitting with an A-plus mark midway through the season, but Kevin Sumlin’s team faded badly.
- Give Kentucky some love. Mark Stoops finally gets over the hump with a winning season and earns just a C-plus rating. His team was at least equal to South Carolina and Vanderbilt, which each received “B” marks for the 2016 season.