As I mentioned in my last Power Poll post, the SEC East has won the 2018 season series against the West. Care to guess how long the drought was?
8 Victories for SEC East teams in 13 games against SEC West teams in 2018, giving the Eastern Division a win in the conference’s interdivision series for the first time since 2008. Vanderbilt’s 36-29 overtime victory against Ole Miss on Saturday clinched the 2018 series for the East. Only one interdivision game remains on the regular-season schedule — the Arkansas-Missouri contest on Friday. In 2008, the SEC East had an 11-7 record against the SEC West. Last season, the East won only three of the 14 interdivision games in the regular season. The West won the interdivision series 9-5 in 2016, 12-2 in 2015 and 10-4 in 2014 and 2013. The divisions split the 14 games in 2012. The West won the series 12-6 in 2011, 15-3 in 2010 and 11-7 in 2009.
Shit, that’s like the divisional equivalent of the Georgia-Florida series in the nineties.
The question is, then, whether this is a sign that the divisions are regaining more of an equal footing, or if this was more of a one-off, like, to continue the analogy, the ’97 Cocktail Party game. It certainly helped that the bottom of the West was worse than the bottom of the East and that’s probably going to continue for at least another season or two.
The medium-term will likely be decided on whether there are any programs in the SEC East that step to a level that’s at least as good as, say, LSU. The obvious candidates for that would be Florida and Tennessee, but, especially in the case of the latter, both have a little ways to go on the recruiting front before really being able to assert themselves on a consistent basis.
What do you guys think?