There is no question that the SEC is the best conference in college football right now and has been for about a decade. This elite status has gotten a large number of people to suggest that the conference is barely a level below the NFL and that teams like Boise State at the peak of their powers would have struggled to get through the SEC with a .500 record. Missouri and Texas A&M are stomping all over that theory.
After a 2-6 record in their first year in the conference, Missouri is sitting at 3-1 in the SEC East with a good shot of representing that division in the SEC Championship. Missouri was a middle of the road team in the Big XII the last several years. This was supposed to be a team for SEC teams to get healthy against. Now, it is a championship caliber team in the SEC. That does not make the SEC look better than the Big XII, which is currently considered to be behind the SEC and the PAC-12 and is basically going head to head with the ACC for the third spot right now.
Texas A&M, also coming from the Big XII, came out in their first season in the SEC with a 6-2 conference record and are now 3-2 this season. The last season they were in the Big XII, they went 4-5 and 6-2 the year before. Since joining the SEC, they are a combined 9-4 in conference play.
Both the Aggies and Tigers are not just bodies to get pummeled in the SEC. Both teams have become almost instant factors in the SEC and the Tigers may end up in the SEC Championship in just their second year. The SEC is the best conference in college football, but maybe just maybe it is time to stop with this just below the NFL talk and the gulf that is envisioned by many to be between the SEC and everyone else is not quite as big as the SEC would like people to believe. Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Mississippi State are not good; in any AQ conference. That is half the league in the SEC. Going out and beating freeway exits, road signs, and train stations are not making them look better either. One would hate to think what would happen if Florida State ever came into that conference.
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