The Norman Transcript

May 14, 2013

Shinn at 3: They did the math and Stoops was right about SEC

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was widely mocked after saying the Big 12 Conference was a deeper league than the SEC last week.

Stoops' point was the SEC has won seven straight national championships, but what has the rest of the league done?

“The whole league isn’t that way. They’ve had the best team in college football. They haven’t had the whole best conference,” he said. “Because, again, half of them haven’t done much of all … It depends on who you want to listen to. They’ve had the best team in college football, meaning they’ve won the national championship. That doesn’t mean everything else is always the best.”

ESPN.com did an evaluation of the two conferences using the six computer formulas used in the 2012 BCS standings. It turns out, Stoops’ opinion had some merit.

· Average computer ranking — Big 12: 36.9, SEC: 35.1

· Percentage of teams ranked in the Top 25: Big 12: 50 percent, SEC: 43 percent

· Percentage of teams ranked in the Top 50: Big 12: 80 percent, SEC: 71 percent.

Now, those three categories are not even comparisons. The SEC is a 14-team league and the Big 12 has 10 teams. The SEC’s two new members (former Big 12 charter members Texas A&M and Missouri) experienced greatly different seasons. The Aggies went 11-2 (crushing OU in the AT&T Cotton Bowl) while the Tigers went 5-7.

“You can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams and you can look at the bottom six, seven or eight and how well are they all doing? What did we have 8 of 10 in bowl games (actually, nine) this year? Again, you figure it all out.”