Most 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?