Another regular season in the books — we laughed, we cried, we marveled at Alabama’s march to relative irrelevancy.
Just a note: As I usually do with the last one of these, I include each team’s net yardage per game number in a crude attempt to offer some context on the conference’s over- and under- achievers. Take it for what it’s worth.
- LSU (+214.5). As message sending goes, seal clubbing a respectable TAMU squad to finish out speaks loud and clear.
- Georgia (+163.6). We’re about to find out how far a dominating defense takes you in this day and age.
- Alabama (+194.8). Are they even allowed to have a football playoff without Alabama?
- Florida (+121.7). As a Dawg fan, I’d be totally fine with the Gators combining ten-win seasons with second place divisional finishes for the rest of my life.
- Auburn (+97.2). Does a nine-win, third place finish in the division with an Iron Bowl win, season get you a raise and a contract extension? Asking for an agent.
- Texas A&M (+58). Finished without a single win over a ranked team.
- Tennessee (+27.7). 5-3 in the conference with a minus-26 points differential. The Vols are back, baby!
- Kentucky (+69.9). After the Georgia shutout, the ‘Cats rushed for almost 2,000 yards in their last five games.
- Mississippi State (+13). Best rivalry game finish ever.
- Missouri (+62.3). Odom’s firing is proof of the meaninglessness of a win over Arkansas.
- Ole Miss (+28.5). Matt Luke’s head coaching tenure was pissed away.
- South Carolina (-21.4). If the Georgia win was what made the difference in Agent Muschamp keeping his job for another season, that Kirby Smart is one devious SOB.
- Vanderbilt (-139.9). The streak is over. Sigh.
- Arkansas (-110.6). The only career advice I have for the Hogs’ next head coach is to hire Jimmy Sexton as his agent.