The Southeastern Conference
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The SEC is arguably the most competitive conference in college football. It features some of the best performing college teams year after year, and its teams have won a combined 43 national titles. The Alabama Crimson Tide (representing the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL) have won 6 national titles alone since 2009.
The SEC has won a combined 12 national titles across its schools since 2000. The LSU Tigers, representing Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, have won 3 national titles. The University of Florida Gators have won 2 national titles. And the Auburn University Tigers (also in Alabama) have claimed a national title, as well.
Where is the SEC?
The SEC is located in the southeastern region of the United States. Its schools span the states of: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas. Oklahoma is expected to be added in the coming years with the University of Oklahoma Sooners locked in to join the Southeastern Conference.
How many teams are in the SEC?
There are 14 teams in the SEC. There will be 16 teams in total once the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma officially join the conference. Currently, the SEC is divided into two divisions with 7 teams in each. The two divisions are the SEC West and the SEC East.
The schools that make up the SEC West are:
- University of Alabama Crimson Tide
- Texas A&M Aggies
- Auburn University Tigers
- Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers
- University of Arkansas Razorbacks
- University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”) Rebels
- Mississippi State University Bulldogs
The schools that make up the SEC East are:
- University of Florida Gators
- University of Georgia Bulldogs
- University of South Carolina Gamecocks
- University of Tennessee Volunteers
- Vanderbilt University Commodores
- University of Kentucky Wildcats
- University of Missouri Tigers (“Mizzou”)
Oklahoma and Texas SEC: Conference Expansion
SEC expansion is imminent.
In the summer of 2021 reports confirmed long-held rumors: that the University of Texas Longhorns and University of Oklahoma Sooners were planning to leave the Big 12 Conference and join the SEC. The Sooners and Longhorns are longtime rivals, and the highest-earning schools in the Big 12.
Their decision to leave the Big 12 for the SEC has had massive consequences for the rest of college football. A wave of conference realignment has been set in motion, affecting the Big 12, American Conference, Sun Belt Conference, and Conference USA.
This is one of the major ways that college football differs from the NFL. In college, schools can choose what conference they play in. Conference realignment is a rare occurrence, however. In that sense, 2021 turned out to be a historic year for college football. With Oklahoma and Texas joining the SEC (both schools have won a national title this century), it has become clear to most that the SEC is the premier conference in college football.