Is the SEC East worse than the ACC Coastal?
Miami plays at Virginia Tech in a big ACC Coastal game tonight...in a battle between a pair of 4-2, unranked teams. That says something about the division, which continues to be the little brother to the Atlantic (home to Clemson, Louisville and Florida State).
It also got me thinking about another overlooked, mediocre division. The SEC East. Maybe Florida's ugly 40-14 win over Missouri is still fresh in my mind.
So, I wonder, which division is worse: The SEC East or the ACC Coastal?
Here's a breakdown of their Sagarin ratings (an imperfect but solid set of numbers designed to rank every team in the country):
South Carolina: 77
Virginia Tech: 24
North Carolina: 34
Georgia Tech: 45
Non-conference records are tricky to compare, just because the SEC East has played weaker teams. The East is 13-3 out of conference, compared to the Coastal's 17-7 record.
The East has a better record against Power Five opponents, too, at 2-2 (compared to the Coastal's 4-5).
The best comparison is head-to-head records. Georgia beat North Carolina 33-24 in the opener in Atlanta. Tennessee beat Virginia Tech 45-24 at Bristol, but Georgia Tech blew out Vanderbilt 38-7.
My conclusion: The East has the top two teams overall, but the Coastal is better from top to bottom.