SEC reigns supreme

SEC Final Bowl Notes (Jan. 7, 2010)

· Alabama's 37-21 win over Texas gives the Southeastern Conference its fourth straight BCS National Championship and its sixth BCS title overall.

· Alabama is the fourth SEC team to win a BCS National Championship and the third different SEC team to win it during the last four seasons.

· The SEC is 6-0 in BCS National Championship Games (LSU 2-0, Florida 2-0, Alabama 1-0, Tennessee 1-0).

· The SEC has the most wins (14) and the highest winning percentage of any conference that has three-or-more appearances in BCS bowl games. The SEC is 14-5 in BCS games (.737 percentage).

· The SEC finished 6-4 in bowl games this season. Since 2006, the SEC is 25-11 in post-season bowl games (.694). The league has posted a non-losing bowl record for seven straight seasons. The last time the league finished under .500 in bowl games was in 2002 (3-4).

· Since conference expansion in 1992, the SEC has won at least five bowl games in nine of 18 seasons. The SEC has won at least six bowl games during the last four seasons (6-3 in 2006; 7-2 in 2007; 6-2 in 2008; 6-4 in 2009). Those years are the only ones since 1992 the league has won six bowl games.

· In its history, the SEC is 196-170-13 in post-season bowl games, a 53.4 winning percentage. The SEC has the nation's top bowl winning percentage surpassing the Pac-10 (120-107-6, 52.8 percentage).

· The SEC finished the 2009 season with a non-conference mark of 48-10 (.828). Counting bowl games, the SEC bested its best-ever win total in non-conference games of 47 set in 2007 (40-8 regular season/7-2 bowl mark) and 2006 (41-7 regular season/6-3 bowl mark). Since conference expansion, the SEC's best non-conference winning percentage (counting bowl games) is 37-5 (.881), set in 1997 (32-4 regular season/5-1 bowl mark).

· SEC defenses have made the end zone in the bowl season. Alabama's Marcell Dareus returned an interception 28 yards against Texas, making it four SEC defensive scores this bowl season. Others were Auburn's Walter McFadden returned an interception 100 yards for a score against Northwestern, Arkansas' Tramain Thomas scored on a 37-yard interception return against East Carolina and Ole Miss' Patrick Trahan put the AT&T Cotton Bowl out of reach with a 34-yard fumble return against Oklahoma State.

· SLOW STARTS – Seven SEC teams have not scored during the first quarter of its bowl games in 2009-10. Only Florida (9 points), Kentucky (7 points) and Auburn (14 points) have scored in the first 15 minutes of bowl games this season.


"This was a great night for Alabama players, coaches and fans and for the Southeastern Conference. To give the SEC four straight BCS national championships is an outstanding accomplishment and to have three different SEC teams win national titles during that span shows the outstanding depth of quality programs we have in the league."