Terry’s Takes on the SEC Scheduling Format


Here are a couple of quick takes on the SEC’s new scheduling format.

… The league did the right thing by sticking with an eight game conference slate. Adding the extra contest would have made it much more difficult for each school to schedule seven home games, especially for those that have standing rivalries with the ACC.

… If the SEC ever does move to a nine-game schedule, it should adopt the following format:

  • 4 home games
  • 4 road games
  • 1 neutral site game

By using these guidelines, the league can balance the schedule and provide each school with a revenue producing game away from home. That should help quiet those who oppose the nine-game format because they don’t want to lose the money associated with a seventh home game.

… Yes, I’m happy the league kept its permanent crossover games. In an era that’s seen heated rivalries like Texas – Texas A&M, Missouri – Kansas, and Utah – BYU go the way of the Southwest Conference, it’s nice to see that the SEC chose to keep some of the traditional matchups that made it great.

… Contrary to popular opinion, the permanent crossovers do not create an imbalance in the schedule. While it looks like some teams will get an unfair advantage, it”s important to note that these things run in dgfev online casino cycles.

… Just look at Alabama. Sure, it looks like the Tide gets a free pass because it plays against Tennessee every year. But back in 2007, that game meant a date with a perennial Top 10 opponent.

… The new requirement that mandates that each school schedule at least one opponent from the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, or Pac 12 will not necessarily improve the league’s overall profile. After all, a team could satisfy this requirement by playing against Colorado, Kansas, or Rutgers.

… That’s not exactly the same as playing Stanford, Michigan State, Oklahoma, or Florida State.

… The most disappointing thing about the new agreement is that the league did not eliminate games with FCS opponents. That means that Cupcake Saturday – where most schools tune-up for Rivalry Week with a glorified scrimmage against an opponent from the lower subdivision – will continue for the foreseeable future.

Terry Johnson is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the National Football Foundation. Follow him on TwitterFacebook, and/or Google .