The last week or so I've seen (and been a part of) multiple conversations on different SBN sites revolving around the ranking of SEC teams. There were tiers with Alabama being on a level all by their lonesome and then a mixed bag of who should fall behind them. Of course these discussions focused primarily around football..
On those same threads, LSU fans were hinting at their baseball success when compared to Alabama's "claimed" dominance in football. And I'm sure if Kentucky fans had a say in the matter they would be rather quick to throw their eight National Titles in basketball in all our faces.
This got me thinking, "Which SEC team is the ALL-TIME greatest among the 3 major sports? OFF-SEASON Y'ALL
For fairness sake I left out Mizzou and A&M for the main reason that this is all-time stats and they've only been in the conference for a year. Yes, we are using all-time wins, not just SEC, but again, one year. (I had to use all-time wins because of USCe and Arkansas' relative short time in the conference)
I also kept the scope to just Football, Baseball and Basketball. I don't really feel the necessity to clarify why I didn't include others. ($)
Finally, many times over the last week during these conversations some Bama fans (and many others as well) pointed out that some fan bases ::cough LSU cough:: like to think that history only started in the year 2000. To make sure every team was placed on equal footing this is ALL-TIME wins, Championships (yes, some claimed) and winning percentages. Example: I completely understand that Ole Miss hasn't won a national championship, in any of these three sports, since the invention of the color television. Doesn't matter. They have a championship and it counts, no matter how old it is.
Stats were complied by several different sources including NCAA.com, SECnetwork.com, several media guides, wikipedia pages and even some twitter resources. If my stats or total numbers are off, please let me know.
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Everyone knows who the king of college football is and this only further proves the point. Alabama rules all. Are we on a Bama only tier or in some god like atmospheric level with every other SEC team looking up at our accomplishments? YOU BET YOUR GUMPNESS IT DOES.
Honestly though, only Tennessee, LSU and UGA (where do they get 5 from?) have any beef with being left out of the "top tier".
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Again, there is a clear cut winner and the gap from 1st to 2nd, at least when it comes to SEC titles, is the largest of any sport. KENTUCKY Y'ALL.
Only Florida can claim to be at or near the level of Kentucky and honestly that's laughable too. It's Kentucky and then everyone else. And seriously Ole Miss? 49% winning percentage? Try harder.
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I'm starting to see a trend here with one team dominating each sport and the rest of the league just trying to keep up.. LSU has a stranglehold on the "most dominant baseball team" tier and again, it's not really close. Baseball is South Carolina's claim to fame and that has been only in the past 5 years. Mississippi State and Florida both post 6+ SEC championships but none have any national titles.
I would like to point out that Alabama has the highest winning percentage and the most wins. #gumping
Who's the Greatest SEC Team in Football, Basketball and Baseball COMBINED?
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Just to explain, I first sorted by national title > SEC titles > winning percent > total wins.
Alabama is the clear winner here, sorry fellow SEC'ers. 'Bama has more total wins, the highest winning percentage, more national titles and more SEC titles. Yes, this primarily comes from football, but Alabama is also near the top 1/4 of every sport and isn't at the bottom in any category. We aren't going to start throwing out sports just cause it may or may not inflate one teams ranking.
Kentucky and LSU battle it out for 2nd place and I'm inclined here to give the nod to LSU. However, it's hard to minimize Kentucky's dominance in basketball. But again, LSU owns baseball. That's a toss up.
I was surprised to see Mississippi St so low on the final list. I figured with their "rich" SEC history, they'd have more SEC titles and at least one national title... Poor Vandy though...