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Should SEC follow Big Ten's lead?

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06:31 PM ET 02.14 | Wisconsin Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez said on his radio show today that all Big Ten athletic directors have agreed that the conference will no longer schedule FCS and other non-BCS programs. It is believed that the schedule change will not take effect until 2016, but it is still a brilliant move. "The nonconference schedule in our league is ridiculous," Alvarez said. "It's not very appealing, so we've made an agreement that our future games will all be Division I schools. It will not be FCS schools." How refreshing is that? No FCS schools means more competitive football games for the college fans. Hopefully all FBS schools are listening, especially those in the SEC. College football fans can't stomach many more 50+ to nothing games. The SEC had one of the weakest out-of-conference schedules last season, despite being the clear best conference in college football. It is a sham and makes a mockery out of the game and it will only hurt the teams in the conference moving forward. Just think, what will happen if you are playing a schedule loaded with cupcakes when the playoffs roll around?

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February 14, 2013  09:31 PM ET

Cupcake games are big bucks for SEC. Can't see 'em not cashin' the check.

February 14, 2013  10:15 PM ET

Yes, they should.

February 14, 2013  11:47 PM ET

Absolutely. Fans will show up whether it's a cupcake or not.

February 15, 2013  12:02 AM ET

They should, but they won't.

February 15, 2013  07:51 AM ET

The question should be "Will the SEC travel out of its geographic footprint for a game ever again?"

February 15, 2013  08:36 AM ET

Perhaps a Big Ten - SEC Challenge similar to the hoops' Big Ten - ACC Challenge?

February 15, 2013  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

They should, but they won't.

LOL, this is very true!!! Some SEC teams schedule "FCS and other non-BCS programs" at the end of their season. Does anyone in their right mind, think that Florida would give up scheduling a FCS game "at Home"??? IMO, I think the Big Ten is doing away with scheduling "FCS and other non-BCS programs" football games, as it will improve their SOS!!! :-)

February 15, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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The question should be "Will the SEC travel out of its geographic footprint for a game ever again?"

You should be asking Florida that question???? :-)

February 15, 2013  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The question should be "Will the SEC travel out of its geographic footprint for a game ever again?"

Is Troy in the SEC's geographical footprint?

February 15, 2013  03:17 PM ET

My good buddy, rabid Gator fan, insists thy are justified in scheduling cupcake teams "...because an SEC schedule is so tough against other SEC teams they have to have some breathers".
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February 15, 2013  04:26 PM ET
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My good buddy, rabid Gator fan, insists thy are justified in scheduling cupcake teams "...because an SEC schedule is so tough against other SEC teams they have to have some breathers".Comments?

Yeah, those annual divisional games against powerhouses like Tennesssee, Kentucky and Vanderbilt are enough to send Florida to the morgue.

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