There’s no glamour in being 0-8 in the conference, but I guess if that’s where you are you’d rather be “the best 0-8 team” than not.
I thought Arkansas was the best 0-8 SEC team I’ve seen in a while. The Razorbacks went 0-8 and 3-9 this year. In 1993 the NCAA mandated that Alabama forfeit games, and the Tide ended up 0-8 in the record book.
Other SEC 0-8s since the league split into divisions have looked like this:
1994: Kentucky 0-8, 1-10
1996: Vanderbilt 0-8, 2-9
1997: Vanderbilt 0-8, 3-8
1998: South Carolina 0-8, 1-10
1999: South Carolina 0-8, 0-11
2000: Kentucky 0-8, 2-9
2001: Vanderbilt 0-8, 2-9
2002: Vanderbilt 0-8, 2-10
2007: Ole Miss 0-8, 3-9
2009: Vanderbilt 0-8, 2-10
2011: Ole Miss 0-8, 2-10
2012: (For the first time, dual winless teams)
Kentucky 0-8, 2-10
Auburn: 0-8, 3-9
2013: Kentucky 0-8, 2-10
Arkansas 0-8, 3-9
You have to give Arkansas props for its run game and for competing to the end. Once Ole Miss got put a little distance between itself and the Hogs in a 34-24 Rebels win, you never really got the sense that Arkansas could come back and win.
The Rebels, though, didn’t dominate that game. They took advantage of the Razorbacks’ secondary but couldn’t run the ball with consistency.
Arkansas’ run game and run defense — if the latter continues to improve — will be great places to start in rebuilding. Obviously, running the ball is what Bret Bielema wants to do. If he can develop a respectable passing game the Hogs will be candidates for rapid improvement a year from now.
Kentucky has lost 16-straight SEC games, matching the Rebels’ streak before they defeated Auburn 41-20 in Oxford last year.
Kentucky won its 2011 finale 10-7 at home against Tennessee. Had it not, its SEC losing streak would be at 19 games right now, and it’s most recent SEC win would be 30-13 against Ole Miss in Lexington on Nov. 5 of that season, Houston Nutt’s last game as coach.