9 conference games, SEC and ACC. Get on it.
Conference games don’t matter as much as playing quality opponents. The playoff committee has already decided that. That’s why they Big 12 is adding teams and a championship game. If 9 conference games mattered, they would stand pat.
Some programs need to schedule for the College Football Playoff. Some teams need to schedule for bowl eligibility.
Another week almost in the books and the other conferences are all losing games to teams in non-Power 5 conferences. In the ACC, Virginia lost to Connecticut. Syracuse lost to South Florida. In the Big 12, Kansas lost to Memphis. In the Big Ten, Iowa lost to FCS member North Dakota State. Illinois lost to Western Michigan. Meanwhile in the SEC, they just keep winning.
This is exactly why playing nine conference games really doesn’t matter.
14 teams. There were four conference games, and six non-conference games. The S.E.C. went 5-1, with home wins against North Texas, New Mexico State, Ohio, Texas State, and East Carolina. There was one game against a Power 5 school – a loss to Georgia Tech.
The argument by SEC haters is that playing nine conference games matters because it adds an extra game against a team from a Power 5 conference to your schedule.
My argument has been that not all Power 5 teams are created equal and not all non-Power 5 teams are, either.
Yesterday supports my argument.
Are games against teams from the Power 5 more difficult? Absolutely. But there are games against teams outside the Power 5 that may be just as difficult. You can’t judge a schedule simply by the number of Power 5 teams on it, you have to look at the quality of the opponents. And it is here that the SEC distances itself from the pack. The SEC typically plays a more difficult conference schedule with only eight games than most other conferences do in nine. It’s just a fact. Playing Mississippi, LSU, Auburn, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, and A&M is a tougher slate than playing Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Purdue, and Penn State. It just is.
Thankfully, the playoff committee understands this.
When you are a Power 5 team that can’t beat Illinois State, Western Michigan, Northern Iowa, or Richmond, you can’t be considered a tough conference game simply because you play in a Power 5 conference.
At this point just add Western Michigan to the BIG, if they can beat N’western & Illinois then anybody can. They’re are some G5 & FCS that clearly show they can hang with the big dogs but some just don’t wan to see that, they call them cupcakes. Yet, the SEC has not lost to any of these, that is why the chat is quiet, if even Vandy lost to W.Michigan these chats would be blown up with how the SEC sucks.
You’re right. The top of the MAC is clearly as good as the middle of the Big Ten. Iowa was in the Big Ten Championship five games back and they just lost to an FCS team. A good FCS team, but an FCS team nonetheless.
I get Kansas losing to someone like that. Washington State is understandable. Heck, even Richmond beating Virginia makes sense to a degree… but for the number two team in the Big Ten a year ago to lose to an FCS team proves just how far that league has fallen.
Can’t wait for kickoff! #funbelt
That ASU – Southern Cal game could be a land mine game….
That’s cool that 2 rivalry games (ULL/ULM, Idh/NMSU) will be played on Haloween
why did Idaho ever get an invite to this conference? they add nothing, are an expensive plane ride away to play in a cavernous air plane hanger in front of a paltry crowd of just a few thousand. they lose 8-11 games with regularity. Their basketball team this years averages 900 fans per home game-less than any decent high school.
Remember they’re a football-only team in the Sun Belt. They’re in the Big sky for all other sports
Dennis Dodd is saying 2015 is Idaho’s last year in FBS.
It looks like the Vandals don’t have the votes to stay in the Belt (need 7 of the 9 permanent FB members) because it doesn’t make sense to anybody in the Belt. Rob Spear went around pleading for the Big Sky to move up schools two weeks ago, but nobody was biting – I think he knew he needed some company to stay in FBS. So expect Spear to jump in front of the parade and announce they are moving to the Big Sky for Football before they can be dumped next January/February.
So you may get your wish.
Any news on the 2016 Florida St-Georgia game in Atlanta?
And awaiting to hear how Alabama completes its 2015 and 2016 schedules.
Those Miss and Miss St non-conference schedules look awfully tough. As usual.
Nothing new to report.
Any chance that Georgia will renew their series with Clemson or is the need and greed for 3 cupcakes too much? As always the fans want is secondary.
Georgia pulled out of a series with Oregon.
However besides the annual GT game, the Bulldogs have scheduled a series with ND. And there is a possible two neutral site game series with Florida State. Georgia is doing better in non-conference scheduling versus their SEC comrades.
And Clemson has annual game with the Gamecocks, will play ND every three years, and has a series with Auburn on the books.
Maybe a Clemson-Georgia series for 2022-23?
It will be interesting to see how the SEC improves its non-conference schedule in 2016 when every SEC program will be required to schedule a minimum of one non-conference Power Five opponent. The same year the B1G goes to a nine-game conference schedule. And ACC schedules five games with ND ever season. And BYU is scheduling more P5 programs. Therefore not as many P5 opponents are available to the SEC for non-conference scheduling.
Both Mississippi programs and Missouri are struggling to put-together 2016-17 schedules.
The following P5 programs appear to have openings in both 2016 and 2017: Kansas St, BC, WF, Syracuse and Arizona.
So the Miss* schools might consider one of those five for home-and-homes.
Also WV, Miami-FL, and NC are available in 2016. And Kansas and Indiana in 2017,
It would be much easier if the SEC went to a 9-game conference schedule. But ego and stubbornness prevails in some corners.
ULL is way out of their league
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