Watching game after game yesterday, it’s more and more apparent that many of the offenses in this conference are subpar. Kentucky, Auburn, Vanderbilt and Tennessee all managed less than 300 yards of total offense and only Florida and South Carolina managed to score at least thirty points.
The tale for the season told by national stats is even more revealing. There are only two SEC teams ranked in the top 40 nationally in total offense: LSU at #28 and Georgia at #30. As for scoring offense, it’s little better, with three in the top thirty. All in all, it’s not a pretty picture.
Are SEC defenses that good? Well, there are eight of the conference’s members showing up in the top 25 for total defense and six in the top 25 for scoring defense, so it’s hard to deny that’s a factor, but after watching Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Auburn display their wares yesterday, the visual evidence would indicate that many SEC offenses are simply inept. There are a lot of bad SEC quarterbacks seeing the field. And guess what? Only two SEC quarterbacks (Tebow and Stafford) make the top thirty nationally in passing efficiency.