Originally Posted by WolverineFan
This is a myth. At least nowadays. Maybe years ago it was true, but the past 2-3 years have shown this to just simply not be the truth anymore. The conference is carried by Alabama's stingy defense and there are usually 1-2 teams that have a great defense that year as well. This year it's Alabama and Florida. Last year it was Bama, Florida, and LSU. The year before it was Bama and LSU. The "SEC" doesn't play defense. It's best teams do.
These are the scores of a few SEC games this year. Not exactly lighting the world of fire defensively.
Below are the total defense ranks for SEC teams on a national scale.
They don't look better defensively than any other conference. They just have the hype of Bama and 1-2 other teams each year to perpetuate the myth.
To be fair those are three games featuring A&M, which has a high school defense and a near unstoppable offense. Those games are all bound to be shootouts. I think A&M is the outlier this year.