Last year, and perhaps this year, the Southeastern Conference as a whole was deeply overrated. The East division was outright rubbish, while the West had Alabama and little else. Texas A&M was pretty alright. Auburn grew stronger as the year wore on and Kamryn Pettway emerged as a force of nature. LSU also improved under Ed Orgeron. But that was pretty much it.
It’s difficult to form a full picture of the conference’s overall health this early in the season. Tennessee and Florida will square off in Gainesville on Saturday with each team’s top 25 ranking on the line. LSU will try to wrestle with CLANGA in Starkville. So it’s really not until the SEC’s member institutions start beating on themselves that we can gain a real sense of whether or not the SEC is in fact “butt.

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