Somewhat surprisingly, here’s a list of the top sixty non-conference schedules for this season in which four SEC teams, including Georgia, crack the top fifteen. Maybe things are more credible than we’ve given credit for… er, wait.
62. Missouri: Missouri State, Purdue, Idaho, at Connecticut. How the mighty schedulers have fallen. I know I do this every year, but what the heck. Let’s return to the golden days of Mizzou in the 1970s. In 1979, Missouri played Illinois, Ole Miss and Texas. In ’78, Notre Dame, Alabama, Ole Miss and Illinois. In ’77, Southern Cal, Illinois, California and Arizona State. In ’76, Southern Cal, Illinois, Ohio State and North Carolina. In ’75, Alabama, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. You get the picture. All the while a member of an eight-team Big Eight that was far superior to Mizzou’s current seven-team SEC East.
It always seems like the recently converted embrace religion more fervently than those who grew up in the faith, doesn’t it?