College Football

The SEC Chose Right: Marquee Game over 9th Conference Game

21 May , 2014  

downloadMost major conferences are moving to,  or are already playing a schedule of 9 conference games.  The SEC is not one of those.  Thankfully.  Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t all good news.  The way its set up now, a team will play all 6 divisional games, plus 2 games from the other division, one being the “rival game”.  That means it will be YEARS between games (at home) with an out-of-division opponent.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is the SEC is requiring teams to play at least one marquee game with a team from another major conference starting in 2016.  Most teams have already started this trend, i.e. Alabama vs Virginia Tech and West Virginia, Auburn vs. Washington State, Kansas State.  I don’t know about you, but I’d rather see some interesting non-conference match-ups than one more conference game.  Remember the Alabama vs Oklahoma, Auburn vs USC games?  Who wouldn’t like a little sweet revenge on those?

With the playoff system going into effect, a loss isn’t quite what it would have been in the BCS era.  Scheduling these types of opponents shouldn’t be too much of a concern for top-tier teams of the SEC.  Sure we look bad when Oregon stomps a mudhole on Tennessee, but whatever, its still interesting football that we don’t have to wait until Bowl Season to watch.  This way we get them sprinkled throughout the season. I’m a fan.   So that begs the question….what match-ups would you want to see most?  


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