It was a fun exercise that led me to a couple of interesting observations:
- The SEC wasn't much in the 1970s. Yes, I am that old.
- It was worse in the 80's, with the exception of Georgia in the first part of the decade.
- With a couple of notable exceptions, defense has always won championships in the SEC, at least in my lifetime.
- It is hard to put aside personal pride and prejudices to do a list like this.
- 1979 Alabama Crimson Tide - Easy pick. Sub 10 ppg defense, only gave up 6 TDs on season and scored over 30 ppg.
- 2009 Alabama Crimson Tide - Most talented team on the list. Only second because the '79 team gave up fewer points.
- 1998 Tennessee Volunteers - First BCS champion, beat three BCS teams and eight bowl teams.
- 1992 Alabama Crimson Tide - Toss up between '92 Tide and 80 Dawgs, but gave Tide the edge on strength of schedule.
- 1980 Georgia Bulldogs - Sentimental pick? Yes. Belongs on this list with the punishing offense and opportunistic defense.
- 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide - Tough defense with an offense that rarely made mistakes (with one notable exception that saved them from having to play in the SEC Championship Game).
- 2004 Auburn Tigers - Best team to not win an national championship. Evah.
- 1982 Georgia Bulldogs - Only loss was in Sugar Bowl to national champions Penn State in the Sugar Bowl.
- 1996 Florida Gators - They didn't do much of that defense shit, but they were a terrific offensive team.
- 2008 Florida Gators - Tebow's speech lifted this team from a good SEC East team to a national championship.
- 2011 LSU Tigers - Almost left them off due to drubbing in the BCS National Championship, but decided they deserved to be on the list after I looked at their season.
- 2010 Auburn Tigers - Bastards.
What would your list look like?