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September 17, 2009

NCAA Division Division I, Football Bowl Subdivision: The SEC, with 2008 average attendances, and modern helmet history of each team.

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Notes on the map and chart…
Instead of just listing last season’s average attendance for each team,  there are now 3 columns…2008 averagePercent Capacity [of stadium];  and Change From 2007 [by percentage].  This list is at the right-hand side of the map.  Below that is the list of SEC titles by team,  including total seasons played in the SEC.  Titles won in other major conferences,  for Arkansas (in the defunct Southwest Conference) and South Carolina (in the ACC) are noted at the bottom.     

On the far right,  in the chart section,  each team is listed top to bottom by how they finished in their division in 2008.  The bulk of the images in each team’s section are devoted to depicting each teams’ helmet styles,  and their changes through the years,  starting with the modern helmet’s introduction in the post-war era circa 1946 to 1950 (which is when plastic composite helmets replaced the old leather helmets of the pre-war era).  The helmets are chronologically listed from left to right,  and top to bottom,  for each team.  The current helmet design is placed at the bottom right of each team’s section.   This is not a comprehensive list,  but all major helmet changes and most minor helmet changes are shown,  with the following exceptions.  The only two logo-based helmets (that I am aware of) which I couldn’t find a suitable image of are the Kentucky Wildcats’ split blue helmet of circa 1963-1968,  with the players’ numeral on the left-hand side [which is shown on the chart],  and the head of a snarling wildcat on the right-hand side;  and the Mississippi State maroon bulldog-head-in-three-quarters-profile helmet of 1963-1965.  In the Helmet Project site’s notes on their Southeastern Conference page,  there are photos and descriptions of these two helmets {click here,  then click on ‘Southeastern’,  from the column on the left,  then scroll to find the two teams’ sections}.   And there are a few helmet designs I have left out of various teams’ sections because they were of a design that had been used previously,  or were very slight modifications of logo size or center-stripe. 

Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org (click here (’2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season’)}.   Thanks to the excellent site Helmet Hut,  where you can buy the old helmets,  or any custom design {click here}.   Thanks to the Helmet Project site at http://www.nationalchamps.net/Helmet_Project/ .  This is the only site I can find that actually tries to tackle the helmet histories of NCAA teams,  and there are still a good deal of gaps and unknown designs.   Thanks to this site,  http://helmet-history.com/ ,  which was a real help in filling in the gaps somewhat.

November 2, 2008

NCAA Division I-A/ Football Bowl Subdivision, the SEC: Attendance map (2007 figures) and Team Profiles.

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I have decided to re-visit the College Football Conference Maps that I made last November and December.  I have begun with the SEC,  or Southeastern Conference,  the home of the National Champions:  the LSU Tigers.

Southeast Conference /Football site,  with standings  {Click here}.

BCS Standings and AP Poll (ESPN site)  {Click  here}.

Here is the list of SEC Conference  Champions  {Click here}.

At the top right of each team’s box,  I listed pertinent information from last season,  including final rankings and bowl outcomes (if applicable).  At the top left of each team’s box,  there is each team’s helmet logo (or in the case of Alabama,  the typeface of the number on the helmet).  Below that is a potted history of each school’s football program, starting with the school’s name,  their current head coach,  the date of the school’s establishment,  and the school’s current enrollment.  Then there are listed a few dates that were high points of the school’s football program.  The final line lists Conference Titles (Southwest Conference Titles are listed for Arkansas;  ACC Titles are listed for South Carolina…these two schools joined the SEC in 1992).  Finally,  in the bottom right hand side of each box,  there are 2 or 3 throwback and/or alternate logos,  or old football helmets,  with dates.

In the map section,  just below the 2007 attendance figures,  is the list of SEC Titles,  by team.  I have made the list of Conference Titles only SEC-specific,  as opposed to last year,  when I included titles from the earlier conferences that these teams were in (that nobody really cares about).  Those conferences were the Southern Intercollegiate Association (circa 1895-1921),  and the old Southern Conference (circa 1922-1932).  The SEC was formed in 1932,  when 13 members of the Southern Conference,  who were all located west and south of the Appalachian Mountains,  left to form their own conference.  The first season of SEC football was in 1933. 

10 of those original 13 SEC teams are still in the conference.  The schools that have since left are:  Tulane (now in Conference USA),  Georgia Tech (now in the ACC),  and Suwanee (now in Division III).  As mentioned above,  in 1991,  the SEC added 2 members,  Arkansas and South Carolina,  who both began play in 1992.  Also in 1992,  the SEC began the two-division set-up,  which includes the SEC Championship Game  {see this}.  This conference championship game was the first of it’s kind in the American college football scene;  since then,  several other conferences have followed suit.  Division I Conferences that now have a playoff final are:  The Big 12,  the ACC,  the Big East,  Conference USA,  and the MAC.  The SEC is the only college football conference with it’s own television contract,  with CBS,  and it has the most lucrative deal  {see this}.

Here is a nice site I just came across,  which has a page with 17 of the largest stadiums in college football;  included are these SEC teams’ stadia:  Tennessee,  Florida,  Georgia,  LSU,  Auburn,  and Alabama  {Click here (the College Football By Charlie site) }.

Finally,  as any regular viewer of this site knows,  I am a fool for old and obscure logos and uniforms.  Here are some nice old helmets of SEC teams,  from the cool site Helmet Hut…Click on the following names (and then click on the date under each helmet):  Alabama.   Arkansas.   Auburn.   Florida.   Georgia.   LSU.   Ole Miss.   South Carolina.   Tennessee.   Helmet Hut rules.

Thanks to the nameless contibutors to the SEC conference and SEC football teams’ pages on Wikipedia {Click here}.  Thanks to the Helmet Hut site {Click here}.  Thanks to the NationalChamps.net site,  and it’s all-time database section {Click here}.  Thanks to the CBS Sports /College Football site  {Click here}.

Thanks to The Helmet Project site {Click here}.

November 12, 2007

College Football, The SEC. 2006 Attendance Map.

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The Southeastern Conference (or SEC) was formed in December 1932, and began play in 1933.  It was formed when 13 schools from the Southern Conferencece left to form their own conference.  10 of these schools still play in the SEC.  At the end of 1991, the SEC expanded to 12 schools, with the addition of Arkansas (from the disbanded Southwest Conference), and South Carolina (who had been independent).  Since 1992, the SEC has been split into 2 divisions.  The Eastern Division is made up of Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.  The Western Division comprises Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi (usually referred to as “Ole Miss”), and Mississippi State.  The winner of each division plays in the SEC Championship Game, held each December at the Georgia Dome, in Atlanta.  Here are the biggest rivalries in the SEC.  Alabama vs. Auburn (“The Iron Bowl”).  Florida vs. Georgia (“The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”).  LSU vs. Arkansas (“The Battle for the Golden Boot”).  Alabama vs. Tennessee (“The Third Saturday in October”).  Florida vs. Tennessee (“The Third Saturday in September”).  Auburn vs. Georgia (“The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry”).  Thanks to the NFL Helmet Store, Midwest Collectibles, Elite Deals, CBS Sports Store, and Sports Unlimited Inc. websites.

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