The “SEC Grind” is alive and well.

Bill Connelly just published his updated SP+ (the ampersand is no more, alas) rankings, and the real story isn’t who’s at the top, but the SEC’s strength of schedule.  Check this out:

Screenshot_2019-08-28 College football conference previews and storylines using SP+

Holy Mother of Crap.  Those are national rankings.  They’re real and they’re spectacular.

To put those in perspective, Missouri’s last place ranking in the SEC translates into a first place ranking in the Big Ten, the Big 12, the Pac-12 and third place in the ACC.

Tough neighborhood.


Filed under SEC Football, Stats Geek!

18 responses to “The “SEC Grind” is alive and well.

  1. FarmerDawg

    I can hear it now but, but… something, something out of conference schedule.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sides

    Overrated da da da da dah.


  3. Al

    Who in the world has a tougher schedule than South Carolina?


      • Mayor

        This is exactly why the SEC can’t go to 9 conference games. Nobody will be able to go through undefeated and the crooked committee will put champions of inferior conferences i.e. undefeated Clemson, undefeated tOSU, undefeated OU and undefeated ND or UDub ahead of a one loss Bama or Georgia every time. Plus we might get into that mode where the SEC Champion has two losses regularly. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

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  4. Jack Klompus

    It does just mean more.



    I don’t buy it.


    • Macallanlover

      I also think there is some merit to the over-inflated top to bottom strengths in the conference. But that doesn’t justify the stupid challenges from other conferences whining about just the OOC games. The measurement should be on total schedule, and when that is compared to other schools, the SEC has never had anything to feel guilty about.

      A conference champ in the SEC has to earn their way, a conference like no other. The conferences that require minimal effort to get through the season internally should be the ones having to make sure they have multiple OOC tests to confirm their worthiness. They also whine about when cupcakes are played, not sure how impactful that is given the last game of the season and the SECCG. What conference cam match that? Perhaps the Big 14 in some years. STFU about how the SEC isn’t a test.


  6. DawgPhan

    Who is the #8 team? I looked through the article, but must have missed them. Basically playing a tough SEC schedule without SEC recourses or an SEC team.


  7. dawgtired

    “Holy Mother of Crap. Those are national rankings. They’re real and they’re spectacular.”

    This has got to break some kind of record. What a murderous row.


  8. Cojones

    When it has “SEC” above the chart, I assumed that Mizzou’s 16th was a typo for 14 and that’s only the ranking among SEC members.. Then I read the column and realized why yall were excited. That is unreal.

    It certainly says that more than one SEC team can qualify for the 4 pick’ems for NC play.


  9. FlyingPeakDawg

    The Jeopardy! answer to this is: “What will Kirk Herbstreit never mention?”