This is a discussion on How tough is the SEC really? within the Georgia Tech Football forums, part of the Georgia Tech Sports Message Boards category; The preeminent conference, so everyone says--including the World Wide Leader. Recently several teams moved into different conferences and struggled. Nebraska ...
The preeminent conference, so everyone says--including the World Wide Leader. Recently several teams moved into different conferences and struggled. Nebraska into the Big Ten, Texas Christian and West Virginia to the Big 12, Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC, and Utah and Colorado to the Pac 12. The onliest two that didn't struggle were Texas A & M and Mizzou going into the hallowed halls of the SEC. And they were not even dominant in their former conferences. So just how tough is it?
Tougher than the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12 etc.
Mizzou went 5-7 their first year but seemed like a pretty good football team last year. It also helps that UGA, UF and UT sucked
A&M had Manziel who accounted for so much of their success.
Highest bowl win % last year at 7-3. Pac 12 was the only other major conference anywhere close at 6-3. ACC was 5-6
I could use that same logic and say that the ACC is REALLY tough because Miami was good until they got in.
I think A&M's success is easily explained by Manziel; he's the only reason they did so well. Could just be that Mizzou had a great season...they beat OK St which was no slouch in their bowl game.
Is anyone really going to argue that the SEC is the toughest conference to play in? That is to say, it's a very tough conference to win and to come out completely unscathed is an amazing feat, certainly more so than any of the other conferences.