The SEC is hyped up before every college football season, and the conference delivered on those high expectations on Saturday.
The SEC had a combined 12-1 record for the week with its only loss coming from Vanderbilt (no surprise there). The conference as a whole only faced four Power 5 conference teams, but went undefeated (11-0) on Saturday, with seven of those wins coming by 20 points or more. There would have likely been a 13th win as well, but LSU’s game against McNeese state was cancelled due to weather.
The 12-1 mark was the best combined record of all Power 5 conferences, but there were some doubts about the SEC heading into the season given their two-year national championship drought (Gasp!). The Pac-12 was drawing some consideration as the top Power 5 conference prior to the season, which is a concept that will get any SEC fan riled up.
How did it turn out for them this week?
The Pac-12 played to a 7-5 record, facing four Power 5 opponents (the same as the SEC). In fact, in the SEC and Pac-12’s only head-to-head matchup, an unranked Texas A&M beat No. 15 Arizona State, 38-17.
So is the SEC still the best conference? The record certainly indicates that’s the case.