Historically you are correct as frick.
But with our resources plus our in-state talent base we should be one of the best.
If we are looking at history, Alabama got to cherry pick Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Georgia is reversed in that Tennessee and other states have successfully raided Georgia since the beginning. They also had a solid Georgia Tech in state back when the bumbles were still in the SEC.
In the end, UGA has been a heartbreaker in the SEC in the years when they seem solid to go all the way, they slip up in a game they should win. Maddening as it is, I have come to accept the heartbreak.
The other issue is the rise of the state of Florida as a whole since say, 1980
0 MNC's in the state of Florida from 1869 to 1969 (100 years)
0 MNC's in the state of Florida from 1969 to 1979 (10 years)
1980 Free Shoes went 10-2 and Georgia
got first MNC
1982 no FL school in hunt
1983 Thug U
with Schnellenberger goes 11-1
1984 Gators 9-1-1
1985 Gators 9-1-1
1986 Thug U with Johnson goes 11-1
1987 Thug U
goes 12-0 and Free Shoes goes 11-1
1988 Thug U goes 11-1
1989 Thug U
goes 11-1 with Erickson
1990 Thug U goes 10-2 but Bumbles get MNC
1991 Thug U
1992 Free Shoes goes 11-1
1993 Free Shoes
goes 12-1, Bowden gets 1st MNC
1994 Free Shoes goes 10-1-1
1995 no FL school in hunt
get 1st MNC, Free Shoes goes 11-1
1997 no FL school in hunt
1998 no FL school in hunt Vols
win 1st BCS MNC
1999 Free Shoes
goes 12-0, Bowden gets 2nd MNC
2000 Thug U goes 11-1
U gets Coker a MNC (last one for the U)
2002 no FL school in hunt
2003 no FL school in hunt LSU
gets MNC (shift to the west with Saban)
2004 no FL school in hunt
2005 no FL school in hunt
horsewhip Buckeyes with Meyer
(Miles with Saban recruits) wins it all and shift west increases
corral Sooners and Bradford's high scoring offense (last SEC east win)
beats LSU (west on west action)
destroys Notre Dame
2013 Free Shoes
wins their 3rd with Jimbo by beating SEC West (Auburn)
2014 Buckeyes (with Meyer) win 1st CFP
2016 Clemson beats Alabama
From 1980 on, Clemson + Georgia Tech + Florida State + Miami get the benefit of the pre ACC / current ACC and an easier path to a MNC.
For the past 15 years or so, the SEC east has been dominated by the SEC west primarily by Saban.