The Best SEC Schools in Football Over the Last 20 Years

Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

Just something to gander at....

I once had big intentions with this article. I was going to determine who had the best athletic program success in the big 3 sports (football, basketball and baseball). I started this in February. Five months later I still can't bring myself to finish it....just too time consuming. Maybe one day someone will finish what I could not. But I thought why not just post what I have about football since that is coming up.

There are schools who have excelled in primarily one sport over their history whether it be football (Georgia, Nebraska, Auburn), basketball (North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana) or baseball (Arizona State, Mississippi State, Cal State Fullerton). But what about those who have excelled in all three? I'd like to know - how do SEC schools stack up when figuring all three sports?

To do this, I'd prefer to look at recent times - so I'm just using the past 20 years. So that means I'm starting with the 1992-93 school year and ending with the 2011-12 year.

I've devised a point system for determining these rankings. Keep in mind that this is viewing all three sports as equal as that is the point of this post. Here is how the point system works:

Adding numbers from any of the following accomplished -

  • Points for your overall SEC regular season finish. The years included here are all the years in which the league had exactly 12 teams, so you get 12 points for 1st place, 11 for 2nd place...all the way down to 1 point for last place. I am not giving 0 points for probation because they did actually play the games and they'll be penalized in the postseason points tally anyway.
  • 5 points for being runner up in the SEC Tournament (baseball & basketball) or SEC Championship Game (football).
  • 10 points for winning the SEC Tournament or SEC Championship Game.
  • 4 points for a bowl game loss, NIT appearance, or making a Regional.
  • 8 points for a bowl game win/BCS game loss, making NCAA Tournament, or hosting a Regional.
  • 12 points for BCS bowl game win, Sweet 16 appearance, or Super Regional.
  • 16 points for being national championship runner-up in football, Final Four, or College World Series.
  • 20 points for a national championship.

Alright, let's get started with football since that's what happens first on the school calendar.

Year BAMA ARK AUB UF UGA UK LSU MSU OM USC UT VU
1992 42 6 4 24 18 2 1 11 17 5 17 3
1993 22 7 12 33 3 12 6 4 5 3 14 1
1994 25 4 10 29 6 1 7 13 3 15 16 2
1995 8 19 13 30 9 3 15 2 6 4 19 1
1996 23 3 16 42 6 5 18 4 2 7 19 1
1997 3 4 24 16 18 4 18 6 15 5 30 1
1998 11 12 3 23 18 11 4 19 13 1 42 3
1999 30 13 4 20 16 11 2 18 15 1 17 4
2000 3 8 19 30 18 1 18 13 10 18 14 2
2001 14 10 12 23 11 1 32 3 6 18 25 2
2002 11 17 15 15 34 3 10 2 13 5 13 2
2003 5 14 15 12 23 2 42 1 19 5 13 3
2004 9 6 34 12 18 2 13 3 4 7 24 1
2005 18 4 15 15 28 5 25 2 1 12 5 6
2006 8 21 18 42 14 15 20 2 3 13 14 2
2007 15 11 17 12 22 12 42 15 1 4 25 2
2008 25 3 3 41 18 12 14 3 17 11 6 16
2009 42 14 13 29 15 6 14 4 17 8 12 1
2010 16 19 42 14 9 7 18 15 1 18 8 2
2011 31 17 15 14 24 3 38 13 1 16 2 8

Football totals (points)

1. Florida, 476
2. Alabama, 361
3. LSU, 357
4. Tennessee, 335
5. Georgia, 328
6. Auburn, 304
7. Arkansas, 212
8. South Carolina, 176
9. Ole Miss, 169
10. Mississippi State, 153
11. Kentucky, 118
12. Vanderbilt, 63

That is pretty much how you'd expect it to be with the power six schools well out in front, although I was a little shocked by Florida's lead over Bama.

Now basketball...

Year BAMA ARK AUB UF UGA UK LSU MSU OM USC UT VU
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013

Basketball Totals

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Now baseball...

Year BAMA ARK AUB UF UGA UK LSU MSU OM USC UT VU
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012

Baseball Totals

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