With the SEC winning back-to-back championships and three in the last five seasons starting with LSU’s 2003 title, it’s easy to argue that it is the best conference in college football.
Coaches Steve Spurrier (South Carolina), Urban Meyer (Florida), Les Miles (LSU), Nick Saban (Alabama, but won title at LSU) and Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee) have all won national championships, and Tommy Tuberville led Auburn to a 13-0 record. Sylvester Croom of Mississippi State was coach of the year last season.
The signature theme of the SEC: bone crushing, hard-hitting, fast defenses.
This season, three of the best defensive coordinators who were previously coaching in the SEC are now reunited coaching together in the Big 12.
Gene Chizik, Auburn’s defensive coordinator when they went 13-0 in 2004 and Texas’ defensive coordinator when they won the 2005 championship, is now head coach at Iowa State. Former legendary Alabama defensive coordinator Joe Kines is now Mike Sherman’s defensive coordinator at Texas A&M. And of course, Will Muschamp, who was defensive coordinator of LSU’s 2003 national championship team and a firey Saban disciple, is now Texas’ defensive coordinator.