Undefeated Records Do Not Show the Best Teams in the SEC
Don’t be fooled by the records of teams in the SEC. The Florida Gators are the only undefeated team left from the much stronger eastern half of the SEC; they are joined by Alabama, Ole Miss, and LSU as the only unbeatens. There should only be two, but possibly just one by December 1.
LSU is talented, but not enough for any real games and should lose the next game against Seton Hall. Ole Miss should lose their next two games against a talented and underrated Rutgers team, as well as a Middle Tennessee State team that put up a tough fight against Florida. Florida has to get it done against a very good Marquette team on Thursday, November 29. Alabama plays one of the best teams in the Big East in Cincinnati on December 1 (Note: Alabama should win this game to make it into the top 25).
A majority of the top teams in the SEC have one loss. Missouri lost to the #2 ranked Louisville Cardinals. Tennessee lost to an Oklahoma State team that dismantled the then #6 - and some would say national title contending – North Carolina State Wolfpack. Kentucky lost to the best team in the country in the Duke Blue Devils. The top teams in the SEC are not losing to poor teams, but great ones and in close games.
The undefeated teams have it worse off than the teams that have already lost. The rest of the SEC will be waiting for the start of SEC play to defeat them in order to show their streaks were just a fluke. Watch out for the one and two loss teams early in the season, because they will be ready to fight hard once SEC play starts in January.