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Finally some proof that the SEC is the best conference

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I realize some people seem to not grasp the fact that the SEC's 6 straight National Championships prove the assertion that the SEC is the greatest conference in the nation, so here is another stat line that further proves this FACT. I have been watching ESPN basically my entire life and here over the last 3 months I have heard a bunch out of Oklahoma State that for some reason with one year where they was rather good means they deserve the shot at a national title; for some reason they think their schedule is more deserving of a spot in the title game than an SEC team with an equal record to them. I have heard this so much over the last several months, I decided to dig into this bowl season, since you know, it was all about offense and that is what Okay State seems to rest their argument on.

Without further ado, THE SEC's DOMINANCE IS SETTLED. After the jump...

And FYI any Almost Competitive Conference fans, may want to look away. It is really bad for you guys.

People seem to forget the age old saying... DEFENSE wins championships. You better believe it, and even in this bowl season that was all about offense, the SEC stood tall on defense. In the 8 bowl games the SEC played in, the defense's allowed an average of 21.5 points per game; out of the AQ conferences, the next best mark? The Big East which played only 5 games and allowed 25.8 points per game, if you look at conferences who played equal bowl games, the Big XII was 2nd, allowing 27.5 points per game. To put these numbers more clearly, the SEC allowed a total of 172 points this bowl season (21 of those are obviously scored on an SEC defense by an SEC offense); in comparison, West Virginia and Baylor combined for 137 points. So if you don't include the 21 points scored on SEC defenses via friendly fire, those two teams scored only 14 points fewer than the SEC allowed in 7 games. The SEC held opposing offenses to under 20 points 5 times this bowl season (including Bama/LSU game); in comparison, the other 5 AQ conferences only totaled 5 games between them where defenses held their opponents to under 20 points.

While I am on the topic of proving theories, I want to debunk one as well. Often we hear that the SEC defenses dominate because the SEC offenses are lackluster at best. During this bowl season, the SEC averaged 28 points per game scored which is good for 4th best. And if you care to take out the SEC conference match-up in bowl season, you can up that point per game total by 1 to 29 points per game, which when your defense is only giving up 21.5 points per game, is more than enough to win any game any time.

Below are the stats for each of the 6 AQ Conferences.... (this is where you turn and run ACC)

Conference (Games)......Points Per Game(rank)..... Points Allowed Per Game(rank)..... (Average Margin)rank

SEC (8 Games)............... 28 (4th)............... 21.5 (1st)............... (+6.5) 1st

B1G (9 Games)............... 23.1 (6th)............... 29.9 (4th)............... (-6.8) 4th

Big XII (8 Games)............... 29.5 (3rd)............... 27.5 (3rd)............... (+2) 3rd

Pac-12 (7 Games)............... 31 (2nd)............... 38.6 (6th)............... (-7.6) 5th

Big East (5 Games)............... 31.6 (1st)............... 25.8 (2nd)............... (+5.8) 2nd

ACC (8 Games)............... 24.3 (5th)............... 33.5 (5th)............... (-9.2) 6th

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