SEC: Upsets prove more parity, fewer patsies

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Surely some people are still snickering at the Southeastern Conference.

The powerhouse league that has won seven consecutive national titles had a stunning number of upsets Saturday. Florida, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina and Texas A&M all lost in league play.

All five had been considered national title contenders before the season. Now, they're looking for significant help in the division race while trying to make the most of a disappointing season.

Few outsiders are feeling sorry for them, either. They're rooting for top-ranked Alabama to go down next and pulling for an end to the league's college football reign.

Not surprisingly, SEC coaches, players and officials view the situation differently. They say the upsets prove the league has improved from top to bottom - more parity and fewer patsies.

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