Monday, January 17, 2011
Whose turn in SEC in 2011? Not the No. 1
By Chris Fallica
Despite the SEC winning five straight BCS titles, none of the three preseason No. 1s over the last three seasons has been the team to eventually win it all.
In fact, in this stretch of five straight titles, only once has the highest-ranked SEC team in the preseason poll gone on to win the title that season. That was LSU in 2007. That team needed all types of chaos on the final weekend of the season to get into position to win the title.
The second highest-ranked SEC team in the preseason poll has won the title three times in that span.
Coming off a 3-5 SEC slate in 2009 (8-5 overall), Auburn was preseason No. 22 and ranked fifth among SEC teams in the poll. So while Alabama will likely be the highest-ranked SEC team in the preseason AP Poll, don’t ignore teams with similar resumes to this season's Auburn, entering 2011.
That's a spot LSU could find itself in entering 2011. The Tigers, as Chris Low noted, were 5-2 against ranked teams in 2010.
We're talking about Florida, which finished 8-5 overall, 4-4 in SEC and won the Outback Bowl just as Auburn did to end the 2009 season.
There’s also Georgia, which was 3-5 in the SEC, but could have the top quarterback in the SEC next season in Aaron Murray.
With the SEC aiming for six BCS titles in a row -- and a great chance to do it –- it’s anyone's guess which team will emerge as the one which makes a run in 2011.