SEC West shows it is the best

The West has emerged as the SEC's best division, but Georgia sure looks like the SEC's best team.

Originally Published: October 16, 2003
By Pat Forde | Special to
A midseason team-by-team look at the SEC.

Nobody said this was going to be easy, and it hasn't been. Rookie coach Mike Shula was up against it, taking over a demoralized program in May, but the results have been even worse than feared: a 3-4 record after opening with five home games.

A loss to Northern Illinois (not as bad as it sounds, given the Huskies' season) was followed by blowing a 21-point second-half lead lead against Arkansas. That, in turn, was followed by the worst first half in program history at Georgia, surrendering 37 points and watching two quarterbacks go down with shoulder injuries. No matter who the QB has been, the results haven't been pretty: Alabama is last in the SEC in passing yardage.