It looks like we had the wrong political race coming down to two competitors and one state.

It wasn’t America, for president, but it might be Alabama in football.

There is little doubt the Southeastern Conference will finish the season as the nation’s top conference again but, for a more accurate look, one must dig deeper into the soup.

The SEC, this year, can be divided into distinct compartments.

The distance between the SEC West and East divisions is the Gulf of Hormuz.

The West is the BEST division among the five power conferences—the East is the WORST.

You can make this statement analytically, using statistics and algorithms, or by watching Missouri play at South Carolina.

USA Today ratings whiz Jeff Sagarin ranks the power conferences based on divisions because he knows lumping 14-team leagues together presents a distorted picture. And today I’ll take his predictor numbers over any I’ve seen in the last 24 hours.

Why should SEC East members Missouri and Vanderbilt get credit for being part of something special in the west…when they’re not? The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.