We’ve been told that the SEC West is the most amazing collection of great football teams ever. I’ve been skeptical of this claim for a while now, and this week provided more fodder. Here’s why:
- Missouri beat Texas A&M to maintain their lead in the division.
- Victories by other SEC West teams over A&M have been considered quality wins, but they currently stand 7-4 and do not seem like a good team
- Missouri is 8-2, with a blowout lass to Georgia, and a home loss to Indiana. (INDIANA?????)
- Georgia blows out Auburn
- Yes, the same Georgia team that has inexplicable losses to South Carolina and Florida beat one of the “quality” West teams, badly.
- LSU gets shut out by Arkansas
- LSU, also one of those “quality” West teams, gets shutout by a team that had lost 17 straight SEC games and whose signature win this year is against 3-7 Texas Tech.
What to make of this? Perhaps, this is more evidence that Auburn, A&M and LSU really aren’t very good football teams.
Is that’s true, what does that say about Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss?
State gained their #1 ranking in large part by beating LSU, A&M and Auburn is consecutive weeks. They got a lot of credit for a stretch against teams with a combined 21-11 record before finally losing at Alabama.
Ole Miss beat Alabama, which they deserve credit for, but losing to LSU and Auburn? Ugh.
Alabama seems to be the best team of the bunch, but it’s a fairly mediocre bunch, in my mind.
To be fair, however, every other conference in America is just as mediocre, and is being led by teams that don’t seem very good. This includes Florida State, who somehow has won a bunch of games they had no business winning. So I’m willing to admit the SEC is maybe the better collection of teams when compared to other conferences right now, but I think college football, in general, is pretty mediocre right now, full of wildly inconsistent teams. Maybe that’s the reality of kids leaving early and having to play at a younger age, or perhaps their all just point-shaving? 😉
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