The SEC Least: Southern Suckitude Abides
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Welcome to the wild, wild, SEC East.
So far this season, that wacky division has seen:
- South Carolina is allegedly upset by Texas A&M, and then
- South Carolina knocks off Georgia, but
- Kentucky gets by the Gamecocks, however
- The Wildcats get toasted by LSU, while
- Missouri comes off a non-con loss to Indiana and disposes of South Carolina.
It's enough to put multiple grass stains on Steve Spurrier's visor, as often as his club's name got called in that list.
While the SEC West grabs all the headlines for having four of their seven teams listed in the Top 10, the SEC East continues to struggle.
The East is like the ugly step-sisters who get outshined by Cinderella. They still play decent ball over there, but it's U-G-L-Y, and we're here to look for an alibi. Or at least a reasonable explanation.
Other than Spurrier, there isn't a single coach in that division who has won a national championship. Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida, and Kentucky have all churned their programs in the past five years. It's hard to build any consistency that way.
There also is a paucity of dominant quarterbacks in that division. While the West has Dak Prescott, Nick Marshall, and Bo Wallace, the East has Matty Mauk, Jeff Driskel -- recently benched -- and Huntson Mason. Mauk may actually be the best chucker in the East, but even he has had multiple poor outings.
Then again, who needs quarterbacks when you've got a strong offensive line? Georgia's doing just fine, thank you very much.
Facing at least two Western Division teams per season -- where the conference powers currently reside -- only amplifies their suckiness. Georgia outgunned taildragging Arkansas last weekend, but for the most part, the West has had its way with its hapless brethren.
So what's the solution? What else? Unsuck.
It could be down to the Bulldogs to salvage Eastern pride, perhaps when it hosts Auburn on Sat 5 Nov. Otherwise, they may need to prevail in the standings and try to take advantage in the championship game of whomever survives in the West.
That, of course, would be the SEC's worst nightmare, most likely snuffing out any talk of two conference teams in the CFP bracket.
And for SEC fans, that would be the ultimate in suckitude.
Perhaps Georgia will lead the way in two weeks against