Is there a dominant football program in the Southeastern Conference? You could make the case there are several, but does one stand alone?
Senior Editor Phillip Marshall
Auburn is the team on the top of the mountain for now, having won last season’s national championship. In the past five seasons, Florida has won two national championships. Alabama has won one and LSU one.
In the past 10 years, LSU has won three SEC championships. Auburn, Florida and Georgia have won two apiece. Alabama has won one.
So which SEC program is most dominant today? Let’s take a look.
Is it Alabama?
The Crimson Tide has lost just five games the past three seasons and went 14-0 and won the national championship in 2009.
Alabama has just one SEC championship since 1999. It has lost eight of the last 11 to its biggest rival. It lost six games, including one to Louisiana-Monroe, in 2007.
Is it Florida?
The Gators won national championships in 2006 and 2008. They went 27-1 in 2008 and 2009.
Florida lost five games in 2010 and four games in 2007. They lost to Auburn in 2006 and 2007.
Is it LSU?
The Bayou Bengals won the national championship in 2007. Their three SEC championships in the past decade are the most in the league.
LSU's national championship had a good dose of good fortune. LSU is the only team ever to get to the BCS Championship Game with two losses. One of those losses was to Arkansas at home in the final game of the season. LSU lost five games in 2008.
Is it Georgia?
The Bulldogs won two SEC championships and had four 10-win seasons in Mark Richt’s first six as head coach.
Georgia has struggled in recent years, going 6-7 in 2010.
Is it Auburn?
The Tigers went 14-0 and won the national championship in 2010. They went 13-0 in 2004. They have two of the SEC’s last three perfect seasons. They beat Florida’s 2006 national championship team and won again in Gainesville in 2007.
A 5-7 record in 2008 led to Tommy Tuberville’s departure as head coach. Georgia won four straight from the Tigers before losing last season at Jordan-Hare Stadium. They have not won at LSU since 1999.
Fans of all five of those schools can beat their chests, claim their favorite to be the dominant program in the SEC and have facts to back it up.
But the real bottom line is that no program dominates the SEC, and there’s really no sign that is going to change anytime soon.’