As good as this NCAA tournament has been, there have been some blowouts: 11 games have been decided by at least 20 points. SEC schools have been on both ends of the blowouts, with Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas A&M as the good and Alabama and Auburn as the bad.
And chances are, there will be a blowout (or two or three) during the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games this weekend.
There also were numerous blowouts during conference play during 2017 football season, with 27 SEC games decided by at least 20 points, including 13 decided by at least 30 and two of those decided by at least 50.
Along with the game blowouts, some one-sided “rivalry” streaks continued as well. And we use “rivalry” a bit loosely because if one team dominates another for a decade, is it really a rivalry?
Here’s a look at the eight longest current winning streaks in SEC series.
Note: We did not take into account vacated/forfeited games because once a game is played and a score is written down, that score remains forever, despite what the NCAA might say.
T-7. Georgia over Kentucky
LENGTH: 8 in a row.
ANNUAL SERIES: Yes. The teams meet November 3 in Lexington.
THE SKINNY: The Bulldogs also have won 19 of the past 21 in the series. In those 21 games, Georgia has scored at least 40 points 10 times and at least 27 15 times. UK’s last win in the series came in 2009 in Athens. The schools first met in 1939 and Georgia has dominated, with a 57-12-2 record against the Wildcats.
T-7. Auburn over South Carolina
LENGTH: 8 in a row.
ANNUAL SERIES: No. The teams do not meet this season.
THE SKINNY: The eight-game streak covers 1996-2014, and those are the only eight meetings between the teams since South Carolina joined the SEC in 1992. Before that, the last meeting had come in 1933. Two of the wins came in 2010, when Auburn won 35-27 during the regular season, then 56-17 in the SEC championship game.
6. South Carolina over Vanderbilt
LENGTH: 9 in a row.
ANNUAL SERIES: Yes. The teams meet September 22 in Nashville
THE SKINNY: The teams have met every season since the Gamecocks joined the SEC in 1992, and South Carolina owns a 22-4 advantage. Vandy’s most recent win came in 2008.
5. Alabama over Mississippi State
LENGTH: 10 in a row.
ANNUAL SERIES: Yes. The team meet November 10 in Tuscaloosa.
THE SKINNY: The current streak pales in comparison to Alabama’s 22 wins in a row over the Bulldogs from 1958-79. The most recent Mississippi State win over the Tide came in 2007. As for the current streak, the Bulldogs have scored more than seven points just three times during the 10 seasons.
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