Spreading the gospel of the SEC grind

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?

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5 responses to “Spreading the gospel of the SEC grind

  1. Cojones

    At what time and sequence of events (games) did the ooc schedules begin to appear as weak sauce in the SEC? I blame FU when McGarity was second in command there. Continuing that path has been a contest between UGA and FU as to who can come up with the weakest. GT is the only ooc team to keep us in the “at least not the weakest” category for some time, but the rest of the ooc is embarrassing because the “W” becomes so important, no matter how you obtain it. Pome ‘d Rue.

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  2. JCDAWG83

    UF created that concept. The polls and BCS bought into the 8 SEC games being more than good enough so Meyer and UF made sure they wouldn’t have a slip up loss to an OOC team. Once the other conferences started seeing it work with UF, their teams jumped on the bandwagon.

    Until the playoff is changed to take conference champs regardless of poll ranking it’s not going to change.

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  3. Macallanlover

    Eight SEC games is enough to match up with the other conferences, but occasionally you end up with a weaker schedule due to circumstances we cannot control. Less emphasis should be put on SEC teams’ OOC slate versus the other five, but I still feel we schedule strongly in OOC play for the fans, and to show the relative strength before post season play. It is a grind, simply because of the quality of the athletes you face, which is confirmed by the recruiting rankings and draft results.

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  4. Rocketdawg

    I posted this earlier in the week but I’ll say it again now, I found an ’85 schedule the other day while going through some stuff:
    Alabama-Athens
    Baylor-Athens
    Clemson-Clemson
    South Carolina-Athens
    Ole Miss-Oxford
    Vandy-Nashville
    Kentucky-Athens
    Tulane-Athens
    Florida-Jacksonville
    Auburn-Athens
    Tech-Atlanta

    Granted Baylor and Tulane were no great shakes back then but there isn’t a directional school to be found on that schedule. We need to go to 9 conference games, Tech, one moderate Power 5 team and maybe one cupcake.

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    • Cojones

      You should post last year’s schedule against that for visual evidence of the loss of competitive opponents and good football. The “W” has become strong in most fans’ perception that the “Good Ole Days” have passed us by in scheduling. Georgia had a natl rep for taking on anyone under Dooley and that was our “brand”. This weak sauce we call a schedule now is an abomination that suggests that we don’t think we can fight our way out of a bag made of ganja papers. When the “W” becomes the obsession, then our game of competitive college ball ain’t what it used to be by a wider margin than we may have first thought.

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