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It frustrates me to no end. Before NCAAassasin gets too excited, I still believe that most SEC schools have the toughest schedules in the country. Obviously Mississippi state doesn't, but a school like Alabama or LSU that consistently plays a marquee OOC game or a school like Florida that plays FSU every year will typically have a top schedule when combined with their conference slate.
However, I'd still like to see 9 games. Better cross division matchups and more SEC games are a win for everyone. I know Saban is in favor of 9, but I suspect it's school like USCe and Florida going against it because of their in state games. Man up and deal with it. Pretty soon we'll be the only major conference playing 8 (you can hardly consider the ACC major anymore). What do you think it will take to force the change?
i thinks its crap that we dont play 9 games like everyone else. also wish they would ban playing d-2 teams
Because it would add another 7 automatic losses to the conference.
I'm not sure I agree with a complete phaseout. Maybe a rule where they can only be in state teams and you can only have one per year. Just so that those schools can still make some money for their programs. You could still have 9 conference games and for a school like Alabama an OOC slate of VT (marquee game), Colorado state (low level FBS game) and Alabama A&M (FCS).
I hate that argument. It doesn't make a difference. It also adds 7 wins.
ding ding ding
we need another sec game. our schedule is pretty bad this year. we better win out cause i dont think it's strong enough for us to get back in the hunt if we dont
This year is certainly down, because we have Kentucky. But remember that Tennessee is historically the second strongest program in the SEC and has a BCS championship (so they have modern success also). Our cross division rival being down for a few years has hurt us in the schedule department. There was a time in the past (and there will be again) where we have the toughest cross division game. Right now it's obviously Florida LSU.
But I agree we have little margin for error this year.
This post was edited by FortWorthTide 14 months ago
idk man. tennessee really hasnt even been decent since 2004. i dont see them turning it around anytime soon. would be great to play usce or uga in a rotating home and home again. what was it previously? two years on and two year off? i dont like this one random cross game every year. if we are going to have 14-16 teams in the conference we need to make a better effort to play most of the teams in a 4 year span
I think what you'd see is 4 pods of 4. 3 division games, 2 or 3 permanent opponents, and the rest rotating. With a 9 game schedule, you'd hit all of the teams pretty quickly. I like that aspect of it. What I don't like is what games we might lose.
You'd probably have these pods:
LSU A&M Missouri Arkansas
Miss state Ole miss Alabama auburn
The other teams would be harder to split, but some combination of those would make up two more pods.
Alabama's permanent rivals outside of division would probably be Tennessee and LSU. I'd hate to lose the A&M game.
agree. i dont wanna lose the a&m game either. that one has potential
You guys should listen to yourselves. If you lose a game next year (which I don't know how you could) do you really think unless it was the last game of the season you wouldn't still get into the championship game? Have you watched college football the last two years?
No it doesn't. Wins are the same because they're already beating cupcakes.
9 game league schedule plus champ game plus big non conference game = no title shot. Not sure why people don't grasp this. How's that 9 game conference schedule worked out for the title chances of the PAC 12 and Big 12-2?
I don't buy that at all. You can't tell me that the PAC 12 was harder than the SEC last year - even with an extra game.
the issue isnt the SEC "playing 8", it's playing the "final 1" & it seems to be working rather well imo.
untill a team from "one of the other" conferences step up and forces a change, why bother ?
i wanna see us play most of the teams in our conference. if 7 more losses means kentucky, vandy, and whoever else is down doesnt go to a bowl game then so be it. the sec is gonna be what it is. in the new playoff a tough loss maybe even two aint gonna keep the best of the sec out
look at bama's schedule this coming year. if we lose a game with that strength of schedule we might be done for. the voters are full retard for the sec. they will know better.
Your schedule wasn't much better this year either...you have nothing to worry about. What do you mean the voters are full retard for the sec? The sec gets the benefit of the doubt...
My bad. Ment aren't. But anyways it's my opinion we need to go to 9 games
I'm not saying that they had better teams. I'm saying that there is a HUGE difference playing a stretch of say, TAMU, @ Arkansas, Ole Miss, @ Florida, LSU or even putting a team like Miss State or Vandy on the road in place of Florida.
It's hard as hell on guys mentally to be prepared for every game, which is why cupcakes and byes factored in are HUGE. You realize how exhausted we were after LSU game last year when we had to turn around and play A&M, and how exhausted our team was in game 3 of the stretch @ Arkansas, Florida, @ South Carolina in 09? It's a big, big difference having to play another BCS conference level team, even if they are only a .500 ball club, versus playing a Georgia State.
I don't think it's a huge difference. I understand playing on the road is tough, but the neutral site games can have a big bowl game feel and it puts alot of pressure on the players. Not to mention the atmospheres are often very intense with the split crowd. I'm not saying it's as difficult as going to LSU at night, but IMO it is still a much tougher test than you seem to think.
We already have to play Bama, Florida, UGA, and South Carolina every year. I'll pass on the 9 games cause our schedule is already hard enough.
Why did it take the other conferences 20 years to catch up with a conference championship game?
Lets not forget that road game in Oregon... Yeah... I'll pass on 9 right now..
Don't take this the wrong way but it's not as bad when you become one of the power teams you just listed
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