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Thursday, May 19, 2011
SEC dominates nonconference schedule

By Edward Aschoff

There’s no question that the SEC is the toughest, most competitive conference in college football. It's become painfully evident for the rest of the country with the five straight BCS champions coming out of the league.

You’ll have a pretty hard time convincing me that any other conference has the strength of the SEC.

While most can just point to recruiting class numbers or the championship success, I’ve provided some extra ammo for you when you find yourself in a college football conference argument.

Feel free to use this at parties to impress your friends and family, especially when they try to convince you that the SEC might not be everything it’s cracked up to be.
Here’s a look at each team since 2000:

So how did the SEC do in 2010? Including the postseason, the SEC was 46-12 (.793) in nonconference games. In 2009, the league was 48-10. Both were conference highs.

The SEC went 8-0 against the Conference USA and 2-0 against the Western Athletic Conference. Against the automatic qualifiers, the SEC was 15-10.

Here’s a look at how the SEC compared to the rest of the country in nonconference games in 2010: