We have received a few messages regarding our final SEC superlatives and it appears some had other suggestions for the SEC’s most disappointing team.
Obviously, it’s not the most flattering award to win, but some felt we missed on this one.
It was hard to argue against Florida, considering the talent the Gators returned and the fact that the offense was supposed to be better under Charlie Weis. However, the offense sputtered along after Week 4 and the Gators finished 6-6. But Florida was going through a transition year with new head coach Will Muschamp and dealt with the growing pains of having a ton of young talent running around the field.
So, here are some of the suggestions we got: Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Mississippi State was a team viewed as a dark horse candidate in the SEC Western Division at the beginning of the year, but fell short of expectations with a 6-6 record. While the defense had to replace some key part, the Bulldogs seemed to have the offensive pieces in place to make a charge at last year’s 9-4 record. Unfortunately for Mississippi State, that group could never truly get going after the second week of the season and held the Bulldogs back at times.
South Carolina won 10 games for only the second time in school history, but failed to make it back to the SEC championship game after being the heavy favorites in the SEC East. The offense certainly underperformed for most of the season, but the defense was the backbone of this team and without it, South Carolina doesn’t get to its double-digit win total. Plus, this team was without Stephen Garcia and Marcus Lattimore for most of the year.
Still, that ugly Auburn lost shouldn’t have happened and it cost the Gamecocks their shot at Atlanta.
Depth and injuries wrecked Derek Dooley’s second season at Tennessee. The defense was young and the offense lost Justin Hunter in Week 3 and Tyler Bray for most of the second part of the season. Before the season, the thought was that Tennessee would slip into a bowl game, but the Vols ended the season by losing 10-7 to Kentucky, which hadn’t beaten Tennessee in 26 years. The loss dropped the Vols to 5-7 and has them sitting at home for bowl season.
Maybe you have other teams in mind. Was Auburn disappointing because the Tigers started hot and then fizzled out after a national championship season? Did you think Arkansas would win the SEC West? Should Ole Miss have won more than two games?
We gave you our choice for the SEC’s most disappointing team, but here’s your chance to tell us if we were right or wrong.