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Ranking the SEC teams the last five years

Last week, we ranked the SEC programs this decade based on a variety of statistical evidence, including league records, bowl records, record against nationally ranked foes and titles won.

Several of you have asked what that ranking would look like based on the last five years instead of the last 10 years.

Since I’m in the Christmas spirit, here goes:

SEC Rankings, last five years

Alabama made the biggest jump from the 10-year look, going from No. 6 to No. 3.

It was a close call between Alabama and Georgia for the No. 3 spot, but back-to-back unbeaten regular seasons and the BCS National Championship Game berth this season gave the advantage to the Crimson Tide.

The reason Kentucky edged out Ole Miss for the No. 9 spot was because of the Rebels’ three straight losing seasons from 2005-2007. The Wildcats have also won three straight bowls.

It was also a dead heat between Arkansas and South Carolina. But the Hogs locked down the No. 7 spot because they have one Top 25 finish the last five years and one SEC championship game appearance. They’ve also won three of their last five meetings with the Gamecocks.

If Alabama beats Texas in the Citi BCS National Championship Game, the Crimson Tide would then have a strong case for the No. 2 spot.