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#StatTiger: Note on Consistency and Perception


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Last season placed Auburn back into the national picture but only continued success at this highest level will create the "perception" of being an elite program.

Consider the percentage of seasons Auburn had with a win percentage of .750 or better...

1950-1959: 30.0% - 1 SEC Title

1960-1969: 20.0%

1970-1979: 40.0%

1980-1989: 60.0% - 4 SEC Ttiles

1990-1999: 30.0%

2000-2009: 30.0% - 1 SEC Title

2010-2013: 50.0% - 2 SEC Titles

It is easy to see why the 1980's under Pat Dye is considered the most successful decade of Auburn football. This current decade has the potential to be as good as the 80's.

The Big Six in the SEC: ( Pct of seasons of .750 or better 1990-2013)

Florida ................. 62.5% *8 SEC Titles

Alabama .............. 54.2% *4

LSU ..................... 50.0% *4

Tennessee ........... 50.0% *3

Georgia ............... 45.8% *2

Auburn ................ 33.3% *3

The Big Six in the SEC (2000-2013):

LSU ..................... 71.4% * 4 SEC Titles

Alabama .............. 57.1% *2

Florida ................ 50.0% *3

Georgia .............. 50.0% *2

Auburn ................ 35.7% *3

Tennessee ........... 21.4% *0

Though Florida had a horrible season last year, a 10-win season in 2014 gets them back in the media spotlight immediately because of their history over the past 24 seasons. Alabama is basking in the spotlight under Nick Saban, who has won 4 MNC's since arriving in the SEC. Alabama is currently on a six-year run of 10-wins or more, which is why they are so highly ranked entering the 2014 season. Voters will give Alabama and Nick Saban the benefit of the doubt based on their recent success. Keep in mind it is much easier for reporters and members of the media to write and report on teams that are successful than researching the teams that are about to make their runs of success.

Even LSU without Nick Saban has maintained their national presence in the world of college football because of their success under Les Miles. Les Miles has led LSU to a MNC and two conference titles since taking over the program.

Despite not winning a MNC, Mark Richt and Georgia tend to receive positive media attention. The Bulldogs went 8-5 last season (finished unranked) and lost their most productive QB but are ranked No. 12 in the preseason Coaches Poll (2014). This is likely built upon their ability to post .750 seasons at a 50% clip over the past 14 seasons. Over the past 5 seasons UGA has compiled a 4-13 record against teams that won 75% of their games and are 2-3 in bowl games. Their last conference championship was in 2005.

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