It seems that the national perception of the SEC is shifting. And it’s looking like voters no longer think the SEC is as dominant as it once was, according to the AP Poll.
Alabama is still at No. 1 in the AP Poll. The Crimson Tide are one of two unbeatens in college football and they were the only team that was in the College Football Playoff committee’s top four to not lose this week.
But the rest of the SEC isn’t seeing the same voter turnout. LSU is the second highest ranked SEC team in the AP Poll at No. 16. Auburn, Florida and Texas A&M also find themselves in the poll but the three teams rank at 18, 19 and 23rd respectively.
Compared to just a few years ago, few could have seen this coming. Entering week 12 of the 2012 season, five SEC teams were ranked in the top. In 2013 and 2014 four were in the top 10 at this point.
|No. 2 Alabama||No. 1 Alabama||No. 2 Alabama||No. 3 Alabama||No. 1 Alabama|
|No. 3 Georgia||No. 6 Auburn||No. 4 Mississippi State||No. 9 Florida||No. 16 LSU|
|No. 6 Florida||No.8 Missouri||No. 8 Ole Miss||No. 17 LSU||No. 18 Auburn|
|No. 8 LSU||No. 9 Texas A&M||No. 9 Georgia||No. 25 Missouri||No. 19 Florida|
|No. 9 Texas A&M||No. 12 South Carolina||No. 16 Auburn||No. 23 Texas A&M|
|No. 13 South Carolina||No. 18 LSU||No. 19 Missouri|
|No. 25 Mississippi State||No. 24 Ole Miss|
As you can see the last two years have not been as great for the SEC. In 2016, the Big Ten has four teams ranked in the top 10, the PAC 12 has four in the top 15. The SEC is still tied with most teams in the top 25, as the Big Ten and the PAC 12 also have five schools.
Of the SEC teams, Alabama is the only that has been ranked at this point in the year every season since 2012 and the Crimson Tide have also always been the top ranked SEC team.