Btw, to be clear, I'm not making an argument that the SEC isn't a good conference. I'm talking defense specifically.
I'm also not saying Alabama and Georgia defenses are somehow overrated. They are not. Lsu, Auburn and you could argue A&M regularly produce the some of the best defenses every year.
My point is that after that, its average at best after that.
I hear you but you just listed 5 teams before a drop off. And you forgot Florida and arguably USCe.They are above average defenses too, more often than not. That is nearly half the conference. And last year Kentucky had a pretty darn good defense too.
Sure, some of that goes to the offenses they play against. But there are a few teams with top level offenses in the SEC these days too.