SEC West is the best division in college football

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September 9th, 2018, 9:32 am #1

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 There's no debate: SEC West is the best division in college football 


The debate over the best division in college football has been settled. Believe it or not, there was once such a debate. The traditionalists were right. The contrarians were wrong.

In the defense of being contrarian, there was a case to be made for the Big Ten East. It wasn’t just because of Ohio State, though there was once a time when the Buckeyes dominated the headlines for reasons unrelated to deleted text messages. The list goes on: Ohio State was followed by Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State to give the division an amount of top-level depth unmatched by any other in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

That was wrong. Through two weeks, the best division in the country is the SEC West. And it’s not close.

First off, let’s give some credit to Ohio State for looking the part in topping Oregon State and Rutgers to start the year. 

Good teams beat bad teams; the Buckeyes destroyed a pair of bad teams. Penn State rebounded from a close call against Appalachian State to take care of business on Saturday night against Pittsburgh. Michigan’s offense improved against Western Michigan after an awful showing in a loss to Notre Dame. Michigan State could be worthy of its place in the top half of the Amway Coaches Poll. These are good teams.

Now look at the SEC West. I can report that Alabama remains Alabama. If anything, sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa makes the Crimson Tide more dangerous than ever. It’s safe to say that Alabama is one of the best teams in the country. It’s not a stretch.

LSU topped Miami (Fla.) in a neutral-site opener and kicked some sand in the face of its detractors. Mississippi State went to Kansas State and just beat the tar out of Bill Snyder and the Wildcats, validating a good part of the preseason hype surrounding Joe Moorhead’s first season. Auburn’s win against Washington in last week’s opener told us that the best team in the Pac-12 Conference – and very likely one of the top teams in the entire Football Bowl Subdivision – isn’t quite as good as the second-best team in the SEC.  


To hammer this point home, think about Clemson’s two-point win against Texas A&M. Clemson is very easily one of the elite programs in the FBS and one of the top contenders for this year’s national championship. Texas A&M is just getting started under Jimbo Fisher. At best, the Aggies are the fifth-best team in the SEC West, behind Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State.

So the fifth-best team in this division took the nation’s No. 2 team to the wire and lost by less than a field goal. That pretty much says it all. Through two weeks, the debate isn’t really a debate at all: Every division is chasing the SEC West.

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September 9th, 2018, 9:43 am #2

we heard the same thing in 2014 …. what happened  …. 5 of the 6 bowl eligible SEC West teams lost in their bowl games ….

TCU 42
Ole Miss 3

Georgia Tech 49
Mississippi State 34

Ohio State 42
Alabama 35

Notre Dame 31
LSU 28

Wisconsin 34
Auburn 31 (OT)

the only SEC West team to win their bowl game ….. 

 Arkansas 31
Texas 7
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September 9th, 2018, 3:14 pm #3

Article probably written by the same guy that wrote it a few years ago. It's week 2...let's see where things shake out.
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September 10th, 2018, 4:45 am #4

I agree, let's wait and see.  The only thing I am confident in saying is that there is only one other division that I would put up against the SEC West and that is the Big 10 East which has done fairly well so far but definitely has not had the dominant wins the West has had in the first two weeks.  It would be an interesting thought process to think who would win if you paired the two off.  I will rank them in order that I see them from each division:

#1 Alabama vs Ohio State -  No ding at Ohio state.  It is one of the premier programs in the country.  But Bama is on a whole other plain right now.  I still think Bama wins this matchup most of the time.
#2 Auburn versus Penn State.  Auburn has looked great this season so far, PSU has not.  I pick Auburn
#3 Texas A&M versus Michigan.  Some may put LSU here but A&M looked legit against Clemson and I think they would beat Michigan just like ND did.
#4 LSU versus Maryland- Some may put Michigan State here but I have dropped them after this weekend's loss to Arizona State.  Maryland beat Texas in a pretty commanding way and even though LSU has had a pretty good season so far with a convincing win over Miami I think this one would be close.  
#5 Mississippi State versus Michigan State-  Miss State is good ya'll.  Legitimately good.  I probably should put them over LSU but historically that has not been the case.  I think State rolls in this one judging on Michigan State's performance Saturday.
The rest, Ole Miss/Arkansas versus Rutgers/Indiana.  Maybe it is my homerism but I like the SEC in those games too.   Ole Miss looked great in the Texas Tech win.  Arkansas, Indiana and Rutgers really have not  really played anyone yet but have no losses.
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September 10th, 2018, 4:51 am #5

Miss State is the 2nd best team in the West.
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September 10th, 2018, 5:04 am #6

brown dog wrote: Miss State is the 2nd best team in the West.
do you think they are better than Auburn?
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September 10th, 2018, 5:12 am #7

Yep.

I do worry if they have the depth to survive conference play.
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September 10th, 2018, 5:13 am #8

DocVOLiday wrote: I agree, let's wait and see.  The only thing I am confident in saying is that there is only one other division that I would put up against the SEC West and that is the Big 10 East which has done fairly well so far but definitely has not had the dominant wins the West has had in the first two weeks.  It would be an interesting thought process to think who would win if you paired the two off.  I will rank them in order that I see them from each division:

#1 Alabama vs Ohio State -  No ding at Ohio state.  It is one of the premier programs in the country.  But Bama is on a whole other plain right now.  I still think Bama wins this matchup most of the time.
#2 Auburn versus Penn State.  Auburn has looked great this season so far, PSU has not.  I pick Auburn
#3 Texas A&M versus Michigan.  Some may put LSU here but A&M looked legit against Clemson and I think they would beat Michigan just like ND did.
#4 LSU versus Maryland- Some may put Michigan State here but I have dropped them after this weekend's loss to Arizona State.  Maryland beat Texas in a pretty commanding way and even though LSU has had a pretty good season so far with a convincing win over Miami I think this one would be close.  
#5 Mississippi State versus Michigan State-  Miss State is good ya'll.  Legitimately good.  I probably should put them over LSU but historically that has not been the case.  I think State rolls in this one judging on Michigan State's performance Saturday.
The rest, Ole Miss/Arkansas versus Rutgers/Indiana.  Maybe it is my homerism but I like the SEC in those games too.   Ole Miss looked great in the Texas Tech win.  Arkansas, Indiana and Rutgers really have not  really played anyone yet but have no losses.
the thing is, they were saying the same thing in 2014 … after Ohio State lost to VT …. they were saying the SEC West was the best division in college football … it is way too early to make declarations of who is the best …. btw , the two teams I like are Alabama and MSU …. I am not sold on Auburn or LSU …. Texas A&M will fall out of the conversation before long … 
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