SEC Loses Bowl Title (Sort Of) To Sun Belt
No, it's not as significant as the SEC's national championship streak, which Florida State will attack via Auburn on Monday night, but Arkansas State's late-night blocked field goal in a chilly Mobile, Ala., during Sunday's GoDaddy.com Bowl prevented the conference from securing the best winning percentage in this year's bowl season.
The MAC fell to a pitiful 0-5 with the 23-20 loss by Ball State, and the Sun Belt, which had a nation-high five bowl-eligible teams left at home, won both its games (Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl).
Entering Monday's BCS championship, the SEC is 7-2 in bowl games, with losses by Alabama (Sugar Bowl) and Georgia (Gator Bowl). The Pac-12 (6-3) is the only major conference with a record above .500. The Big 12 (3-3), ACC (4-6) and Big Ten (2-5) lagging behind.
No matter what happens between Auburn and Florida State, the SEC has claimed the most bowl victories of any conference this year, but at stake is an eighth bowl win and an eighth consecutive national championship.
The Sun Belt, meanwhile, looking for a 12th member despite adding FCS schools as well geographically puzzling teams like New Mexico State and Idaho ,and losing Western Kentucky to Conference USA, will finish as the only unbeaten conference in bowl play.
Check out each conference's bowl record straight up and against the spread here.