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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}.

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