Southeastern Conference History

The SEC was established in December 1932, when the 13 members of the Southern Conference located west and south of the Appalachian Mountains left to form their own conference. Ten of the thirteen charter members have remained in the conference since its inception. They are University of Alabama, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, University of Mississippi, University of Tennessee, Auburn University, Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, and Vanderbilt University.

In 1991, the University of Arkansas and University of South Carolina joined the conference. In 2011, the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University joined the SEC.

The SEC currently has 14 member institutions in eleven Southern states. The geographic domain of the conference streches from Texas to South Carolina and from Missouri to Florida. One or both of the flagship universities in each state in the domain of the SEC is a member of the conference, along with one of the preeminent private universities of the Deep South.

The conference is divided into two geographic divisions; the East Division and the West Division.

The East Division consists of Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.

The West Division consists of Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, MSU, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M.

Each school has a permanent rival from the other division which it plays each year in football. Each East Division school’s permanent rival from the West Division follows:

East-West
Florida- LSU
Georgia- Auburn
Kentucky- Mississippi State
South Carolina- Arkansas
Tennessee- Alabama
Vanderbilt- Ole Miss
Missouri- Texas A&M

Interestingly, prior to the institution of divisional play, many of Auburn’s yearly rivalries were with teams in the East including Florida, Georgia and Tennessee; while Vanderbilt faced Alabama and Ole Miss every year.

In addition to the permanent inter-division rival, each football team plays all of its six division opponents plus one rotating opponent from the other division, for a total of eight conference games per season.

SEC Football Championship Games:
1992 Alabama 28, Florida 21
1993 Florida 28, Alabama 23
1994 Florida 24, Alabama 23
1995 Florida 34, Arkansas 3
1996 Florida 45, Alabama 30
1997 Tennessee 30, Auburn 29
1998 Tennessee 24, Mississippi State 14
1999 Alabama 34, Florida 7
2000 Florida 28, Auburn 6
2001 LSU 31, Tennessee 20
2002 Georgia 30, Arkansas 3
2003 LSU 34, Georgia 13
2004 Auburn 38, Tennessee 28
2005 Georgia 34, LSU 14
2006 Florida 38, Arkansas 28
2007 LSU 21, Tennessee 14
2008 Florida 31, Alabama 20
2009 Alabama 32, Florida 13
2010 Auburn 56, South Carolina 17
2011 LSU 42, Georgia 10
2012 Alabama 32, Georgia 28

SEC Football National Champions:
1934 – Alabama
1941 – Alabama
1942 – Georgia
1946 – Georgia
1950 – Kentucky
1951 – Tennessee
1952 – Georgia Tech
1957 – Auburn
1958 – LSU
1960 – Ole Miss
1961 – Alabama
1962 – Ole Miss
1964 – Arkansas
1965 – Alabama
1973 – Alabama
1978 – Alabama
1979 – Alabama
1980 – Georgia
1992 – Alabama
1996 – Florida
1998 – Tennessee
2003 – LSU
2006 – Florida
2007 – LSU
2008 – Florida
2009 – Alabama
2010 – Auburn
2011 – Alabama
2012 – Alabama