SEC Sets New NCAA Record with Eight Bowl Victories
The Southeastern Conference set a new NCAA record for bowl wins in a single season with the Arkansas Razorbacks claiming a 45-23 victory over Kansas State in the Autozone Liberty Bowl on Saturday. With the win, the SEC captured its eighth victory of the football postseason. The SEC leads the nation once again in bowl victories, while boasting an equally impressive 80 percent winning percentage in its 10 bowl games.
Earlier in the day, Georgia defeated Penn State of the Big Ten Conference 24-17 in the TaxSlayer Bowl.
"There is great satisfaction in hearing 'S-E-C' chanted at stadiums across the south during the last week,” said SEC commissioner Greg Sankey. “My congratulations to our football teams for establishing a record reflecting the focus, preparation and competitive spirit of hundreds of student-athletes and their coaches. SEC fans turned out to attend bowl games in impressive numbers and showed the passion that sets our Conference apart. We now look forward to January 11 when Alabama meets Clemson for the SEC's ninth trip to the national title game in the last 10 years."
The SEC has now won 15 bowl games in the last two seasons, also a record. Seven of the eight bowl victories this season came versus major conference opponents, including a 3-1 record versus Top 25 teams. The average margin of victory in the SEC’s eight bowl wins this postseason is 26 points.
With ten teams advancing to bowl games this season, the SEC became the first conference to send at least 10 teams to postseason bowls in three consecutive seasons. The SEC sent a NCAA-record 12 teams to participate in postseason bowl games in 2014 and has sent no less than eight teams to post-season bowls in each of the last ten seasons.
The SEC owned the previous record for postseason bowl victories with seven wins in 2007, 2013 and 2014.