Mmmm… cupcakes, SEC-style

Given he’s writing about a conference in which its coaches regularly bitch about how the cross-division rivalries aren’t fair and would sooner cut off an arm that go to a nine-game conference schedule, I’m not really sure why Ed Aschoff is indignant about the relative weakness of the SEC’s non-conference scheduling over the next few seasons.

Although I have to concede this is pretty special:

… Florida’s 2017 matchup with Michigan at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will mark the first time the Gators have left their home state to play a regular-season nonconference game since going to Syracuse in 1991.

Go, Gata!

And how much of Missouri’s recent success is due to Gary Pinkel’s greatness as a coach and how much to his shrewdness as a scheduler?

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11 responses to “Mmmm… cupcakes, SEC-style

  1. Mayor

    No question the schedule has helped Mizzou. But Pinkel is a good HC, too.

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  2. Brent

    Just as long as they don’t play Indiana again…..

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    • Mayor

      Pinkel and Co. were lucky. They had their screw-up against a weak opponent against an OOC team–Indiana. Georgia had its screw-up against a conference opponent–FU.

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  3. Bob

    Georgia is the exception rather than the rule. Generally, SEC OOC scheduling is embarrassing. Alabama has played 4 true away games against non conference opponents since 1998. Auburn has played 6. Arkansas has played 5, Georgia has played 13. It is a joke.

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  4. I agree that our OOC scheduling has traditionally been better than most anyone in the conference. Honestly, UTK probably deserves credit for having the best OOC schedules of the last 20 years (UCLA, Notre Dame, Oregon, and Oklahoma just to name a few). Most of our road scheduling is due to playing tech in Atlanta. The NATS doesn’t deserve us playing them in the Joke by Coke, otherwise known as historic Richt Field at Vince Dooley Stadium. Don’t get me wrong I don’t want to end the tech series. I just think we should tell them we will only come to Atlanta to play them in the Dome or the new Falcons Stadium due to seating capacity.

    We’ve also gone to Clemson, Arizona State, and Oklahoma State, but we can’t necessarily poke out our chests about our scheduling either. It’s sort of like being the prettiest pig – you’re still a pig.

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    • Bob

      Tennessee has played a reasonably decent OOC schedule, but they also are not locked into that in-state rival game. We have been dominant at Tech, but not everyone can claim same…see Auburn for example. I wish we would play Tech and at least one major OOC game a year as a minimum.

      The Vols have played 8 games away from home against 4 teams that were ranked at season’s end and those teams had a .637 winning pct. The Dawgs played 13 against 6 season ending ranked teams and the winning pct was .641. UTK certainly deserves a lot more credit that most of the pathetic SEC West. They also have lots more scheduling flexibility than Georgia, Florida or South Carolina.

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    • PTC DAWG

      UGA’s OOC is fine….no need to apologize.

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  5. Hogbody Spradlin

    Well, regardless of Mizzou’s non conference schedule they had to win the right games to edge us out.

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  6. sUGArdaddy

    Guys…it’s the scheduling!!!!!!

    Bama played 3 BCS level non-conf games in the Saban era…2010. They went 9-3.

    Richt has only played one (just Tech) in a season one year in his tenure…2012. We went 11-1.

    We can’t keep scheduling differently than everyone else and expecting to get the same results (aka nat’l titles) as them. Note since florida cut that mess out in ’91 how they started winning sec titles.

    Good news. We’ve got three cupcakes in 2015, just like 2012, what I thought was Richt’s most impressive regular season (at least tied with 2002). You heard it hear first. 2015 will be fun because we have the schedule.

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