There’s no question Steve Spurrier’s always had one of the more creative minds in the football business. Recently, he’s turned all that intellectual firepower towards the issue of SEC scheduling. His solution to the problem has essentially been to devalue certain conference games. A couple of years ago, he proposed not counting the cross-division games in determining division winners. Now, it’s about not counting rivalry games at all.
… The SEC wants to protect traditional rivalry games Alabama-Tennessee and Georgia-Auburn. Fine, Spurrier says. Let them play—the games just won’t count as a conference game.
“Nick Saban wants nine games, well he can have nine and be happy,” Spurrier said. “Yep, nine games against conference opponents—but one of them won’t count, that’s all.”
I’m sure a lot of thought went into that. But I can’t help but wonder – wouldn’t it just have been easier to have come up with a better game plan against Auburn in 2011?
By the way, that isn’t to knock one legitimate gripe Spurrier has about SEC scheduling.
Moreover, in the last two “bridge” schedules in 2012-2013 – schedules made without specific opposite division rotating concepts – have given the Tide rotating games against East Division second-tier Missouri and Kentucky.
“You tell me why that happened,” Spurrier. “I still haven’t gotten an answer.”
I’d like to know, too. A more judicious approach there would have lessened the complaining from Miles and others about the permanent cross-division games. Not that we’re ever likely to hear an explanation…