Ho hum, another year, another SEC win in the BCS title game. I don’t think the postseason did much to change the overall perspective that the West was far stronger than the East this season.
In the last regular season ballot, I looked at the net yardage numbers in conference play. With this set of rankings, I’ll include the net scoring numbers in conference play.
- Auburn (+82). Duh. Having the Heisman Trophy winner and the SEC Defensive Player of the year can do wonders for a team’s chances. Now it’s time for a bunch of people to cash in.
- Alabama (+75). When healthy, this was the best defensive team in the country. The Tide put on the most dominating performance of the offseason in their crushing win over Michigan State.
- Arkansas (+66). Helluva year from Petrino’s team. I still think they were a little questionable defensively, but, wow, that offense.
- LSU (+47). It’s hard to believe after an 11-2 season with a win over Alabama that Miles and the fan base may have had enough of each other, but…
- Mississippi State (-22). As the net scoring number indicates, Dan Mullen did the best coaching job of the year in the SEC.
- South Carolina (+43). Strange to say in a year when the ‘Cocks finally broke through and made their first trip to Atlanta, but the net points indicate that they underachieved a little. I doubt anyone in Columbia is complaining, though.
- Florida (+38). The Gators underachieved more.
- Georgia (+32). The Dawgs underachieved the most.
- Tennessee (-26). The Vols were a game bunch that lacked depth. Not sure it’s going to be much of a different story for them in 2011.
- Kentucky (-53). Took a step backwards in Joker Phillips’ first season.
- Mississippi (-107). A very bad defensive team which lost six of its last seven games.
- Vanderbilt (-175). Welcome to the SEC, James Franklin. May God have mercy on your soul.