Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Thoughts on 9 game SEC schedule



I’ve mostly been in favor of adding a SEC game and getting rid of one of the “garbage” games.  The usual argument is that a 9 game SEC schedule is too tough and would basically do away with big out of conference games like Clemson due to potential lost revenue.  The idea being that the more home and home series you agree to, the more home games and revenue you’re losing each year.  Also, the simple fact today is that if you’re in the SEC right now, you don’t need quality out of conference opponents to sway voters or computers at the end of the year.  This may not always be the case however, ask Auburn.  Scheduling is especially tough for teams like Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina where we all have perennial in-state out of conference rivals.  We all get tired of beating up on Tech every year and would rather see a Ohio State, Oregon, or Texas but we’d all miss our little brother if he went away. 

It wasn’t that long ago that a season only had 11 regular season games, so it shouldn’t be that hard to figure out.  1 more game in a season = 1 more conference game.  The problem is always money, now that the Universities have seen the extra cash 1 more home game brings in, they aren’t willing to do away with it just to appease the fans with a more competitive schedule.   It does seem crazy that we’ll play Clemson and Tech more often than some teams in our own conference but that’s the world we live it.  There is one benefit to keeping the 8 game schedule, I like the fact that the chances are smaller of seeing the same team in the SEC championship game that you’ve already played during the season.  Actually surprised that we’ve never had to play Auburn twice in less than month.  Doesn’t look like that’s gonna happen anytime in the near future either with what our western rivals are trying to pass off as a football program.   Done with the tough preseason trash talk, time to focus.

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