I look at the BCS Rankings and see 6 SEC teams in the top 14. I started trying to remember all those big non-conference games SEC teams must have won in order for them to all be ranked so high. So I did a little research and this was what I found:
Alabama-Michigan, Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, Western Carolina
Arkansas-Jacksonville State, Tulsa-----lost to Louisiana-Monroe and Rutgers
Auburn-Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State, Alabama A&M----lost to Clemson
Florida-Bowling Green, Louisiana-Lafayette, Jacksonville State, Florida State
Georgia-Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech
Kentucky-Kent State, Samford----lost to Louisville and Western Kentucky
LSU-North Texas, Washington, Idaho, Towson
Mississippi State-Jackson State, Troy, South Alabama, Middle Tennessee
Missouri-Southeast Louisiana, Arizona State, UCF---lost to Syracuse
Ole Miss-Central Arkansas, UTEP, Tulane---lost to Texas
South Carolina-East Carolina, UAB, Wofford, Clemson
Tennessee-North Carolina State, Georgia State, Akron, Troy
Texas A&M-SMU, South Carolina State, Louisiana Tech, Sam Houston State
Vanderbilt-Presbyterian, Massachusetts, Wake Forest---lost to Northwestern
So breaking it down the key wins for the SEC are Alabama over Michigan (8-4), Florida over Florida State (10-2), Georgia over Georgia Tech (6-6), LSU over Washington (7-5), Missouri over Arizona State (7-5), and South Carolina over Clemson (10-2).
There are really only 3 impressive wins in the bunch in my opinion, Florida State, Clemson, and Michigan-----the rest were mediocre to very bad teams.
So, why are there 6 SEC teams ranked in the BCS top 14 when the conference has such a dismal and unimpressive non-conference schedule? Is it because of past reputation? Could it be their bowl games performances, which all happen to be in SEC states?