I see a lot of ̶w̶h̶i̶n̶i̶n̶g̶ comments that the SEC teams don’t put together tough schedules. I guess teams like Texas, Oregon, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, or Clemson (all scheduled by SEC teams this year) all suck. Anyway, if you actually look at SEC teams’ schedules they pretty much resemble the schedules of other power conference teams. It’s not like Michigan has 3 games against top 15 opponents or teams from other conferences don’t play 1-AA teams.

Is everybody in the SEC somehow supposed to schedule the top 4 teams in the country or what?
I don’t take much of anything about college football personally, and I don’t normally do the “SEC bandwagon” thing, but the complaints about this make absolutely no sense to me and my curiosity on what’s different finally got the better of me to ask. I’m kind of in an ornery mood today though.
I’ll give you the SEC bias argument, to a point.
Over half the teams in FBS played a FCS school last year (106 games between the divisions). Criticizing the SEC for this is judging them by a double standard. I don’t care to see them on the schedule either, but a lot of those teams depend on the money they get from the FBS schools.

Answer by Better Than Most
First, your guess about the quality of Texas, Oregon, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, and Clemson is actually an accurate assessment of those teams.

Second, SEC scheduling is not dramatically different than that of other schools. Every school has its patsies. However, some SEC schools don’t go out of their way to schedule interesting games. Florida, for example, plays FSU every year and uses that as an excuse to rarely schedule anybody else of quality. I think they’re playing a D2 school in November. Boring.

Of course, the SEC’s current scheduling model is proven to be the most effective method of ensuring a BCS bowl and/or BCS Championship game. That other conferences have been too freaking stupid to implement the same thing is just proof their incompetence.

That being said, the new 4 team playoff is supposed to consider strength of schedule. We’ll see if that influences the SEC to schedule some intersectional games. Maybe it will or maybe it won’t.

Answer by D
My complaints actually have little to do with SEC scheduling, and more with the SEC bias when it comes to bowl games and college championships. The LSU/Alabama National Championship game was a joke. Two teams from the same conference should NEVER play each other for a national championship unless the process is determined by a playoff system. The Alabama/Notre Dame championship was also a joke, because there is no way Notre Dame deserved that title shot (which was very evident).

The only legitimate NC games I can think of in the last 7 years was Auburn/Oregon and Florida/Oklahoma. So for college football to ‘get it right’ 2/7 years is pretty pathetic. Luckily, the BCS finally succumbed to the pressure of calls for a playoff and we only have 1 more year of terrible college football to endure.

Answer by Old Man Moore
The problem is the FCS games. No other conference annually plays more FCS teams than the SEC. So some schools have scheduled quality opponents, but you as well as everyone else isn’t talking about what a few schools do, but the conference. Miss. State shouldn’t get a pat on the back for playing Oklahoma State this year, because it doesn’t make up for the fact they haven’t played a BCS opponent in non-conference in the 4 previous years. Texas A&M isn’t playing a BCS school in non-conference play, Florida hasn’t left the state of Florida for a non-conference game since 1991 and it’s not like they are playing both Florida State and Miami every year.

This is the first year in some time that the SEC as a whole has scheduled well out of conference, and that may be in large part due to what’s coming next year with the 4 team playoff format where most believe a lot more weight will be put on the non-conference schedule, specifically road non-conference games. The days of having 8 home games like they do in the SEC are likely over.


Last year’s was much better including Cal, Florida State and North Carolina, A Joe Flacco less Delaware, Eastern Michigan, Wake Forrest and NC State

This Year they have, James Madison, Middle Tennessee State, Rutgers, Clemson, Virginia, Va Tech and BC
Teebucky, the problem is Maryland loses all of its easy game. I.E. Middle Tennessee state last year

Answer by Teebucky
It’s the best cause it’s the easiest!

Answer by itonosato@sbcglobal.net
I agree with what Teebucky said.

Maryland has a legitimate shot at going undefeated at home and possibly contending for a BCS bowl bid in Tokyo HOLLA!!

Answer by Ryan O
That schedule is sickening. When can we get a playoff system involving conference champions only?

That would eliminate this idiotic games from being a factor in anything and everyone would have a fair chance. Make a 4 team conference tourney for each big conference and there is 6 teams right there. Then take your top 2 mid major schools and have the BCS rankings determine your seeds. This could be bigger than March Madness.


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