If you’re a college football fan, then you know that the SEC is historically the best college football conference in the country.
When you have perennial powerhouses such as Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Florida, Auburn and Tennessee, it’s a stout competition to see who finishes first in the conference every year.
However, it’s no secret that Georgia has been running the conference the past couple of years, winning the National Championship in 2021 and 2022, and they’re currently 5-0 and ranked number one this year.
But, it also doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that Georgia hasn’t looked as dominant as they have in the past, struggling against the likes of mid to lower tier SEC teams such as South Carolina and Auburn.
This past Saturday, Georgia had to put together a come from behind win against Auburn, ultimately winning 27-20 on the road. It was a near upset, as Auburn has not looked great at all this year.
But if you asked Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, he’d tell you that Auburn ought to be a ranked team. Yes, ignore the fact that Auburn barely snuck away with a win against a horrible University of California team, and also lost pretty badly to a mediocre at best Texas A&M team.
Kirby says put ’em in the rankings. Put Vandy in there, put Arkansas in there… put them all in the Top 25.
Smart said in a recent press conference:
“I personally think every SEC team should be ranked. I can guarantee you there are some teams that don’t want to play them that are ranked.
I mean, I don’t — I literally have no idea what you’re referencing because every team we play in the SEC is good enough to beat us and whether they’re ranked or not, I could care less.”
Kirby Smart speaking the truth about the depth of the SEC:
"I personally think every SEC team should be ranked.
"I can guarantee you there are some teams that don't want to play them that are ranked.
First off, what about Vanderbilt? One of the worst college football programs in the country? Are you kidding me? Not to mention, South Carolina, Mississippi State, and Arkansas, y are all sitting at 2-3 right now.
Surely Smart doesn’t actually believe this, and he’s just trying to explain away Georgia not dominating their easy schedule so far. Granted, they’re the #1 team in the country, but after their performances against South Carolina and Auburn, it seems like the consensus is that this Georgia team isn’t on par with the teams we saw over the past two years.