And so, another regular season comes to an end. This last week made one thing painfully apparent: this is the most mediocre the SEC has been in years.
As I always do in the last PP of the year, net yards per game for each team will appear in a pathetic attempt to make it look like my evaluations mean something. (A blogger’s gotta try, you know.)
- Alabama (+156.7). The opening betting line for the SECCG is the largest in twenty years.
- Mississippi (+127.3). The most puzzling team in the conference, hands down.
- Florida (+68.3). Jim McElwain gets my vote as conference coach of the year. And you know it pains me to say that about a Florida coach.
- Mississippi State (+66.4). A nice year. Not a great year, but a nice one.
- Arkansas (+52.7). If the Hogs played in the East this season, could they have won the division?
- Tennessee (+52.1). I’m probably giving the Vols too much credit for November.
- LSU (+76.5). The Hat is back, baybee! SEC Bloggers rejoice in their good fortune.
- Georgia (+83.4). Yes, that’s the third best net yardage figure in the SEC. No, Georgia isn’t the third best team in the SEC.
- Texas A&M (+55.8). I don’t think this is the kind of season a $5 million a year coach is supposed to have.
- Auburn. (-54.5). It’s something to think about how far short of preseason hype this team fell in 2015. But for an overtime win against a FCS squad, the Gus Bus would be winterized and up on blocks in the garage now.
- Vanderbilt (-24.0). Is it fair to say that a 4-8, 2-6 season exceeded expectations? Sadly, yes.
- Kentucky (-22.2). Remember when Mark Stoops got a big raise in the middle of 2014? Good times, then.
- Missouri (-21.1). You had a feeling when Arkansas scored that first touchdown, Mizzou’s season was over.
- South Carolina (-67.6). Down and out. And a long way to go to get back.
There you have it: two good teams, several meh ones and a few poor ones. 2015 won’t go down as the SEC’s finest hour.