SEC Should Follow Big Ten Lead, No Longer Schedule FCS Opponents

Dec 3, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; A general view of the SEC logo at mid-field after the 2011 SEC championship game between the LSU Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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 long 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. I hope 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?

The best way to prepare yourself for a postseason is to strap up and compete with the best. Challenge yourself every week and be sure that your team is as physically and mentally prepared as possible to advance through the playoffs. This can be done by strengthening your out of conference schedule. With the SEC banning FCS teams from their schedule, it will only make their teams more dangerous.

It doesn’t get more exciting than that.

Let’s hope that the Big Ten is setting a great example that more conferences will follow. It will be in the best interest of ratings, competitive balance and everyone involved.

Do you think more conferences should follow? Vote in the poll below and sound off in the comments section.

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Topics: Alabama Crimson Tide, Big Ten, Florida Gators, Football, Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, Sec Football, Wisconsin Badgers

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  • Dale Carter

    SEC teams already have the toughest schedules in the country, before they start to schedule the out of conference games.

    Hurt the teams going forward? Yeah, it has been so bad for the SEC so far hahahaha

  • deborah jean

    When the big 10 has to play an SEC schedule then lets talk. Play against Alabama, LSU, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina EVERY year and then whine about cupcake schedules. Then play a top 5 team in the country in a conference playoff at the end of the season that determines everything even if you won every game in your season. (that would be Alabama in these parts right now). Writer, educate yourself on things like stats and rankings before writing an article about the SEC and their “cupcake” schedules.

  • Steve O’Shields

    Yea, the SEC should really try to beef up what is already the toughest schedule in college football. Lets also not consider the 100′s of thousands of dollars that the FCS schools would lose. Don’t be a hater. You don’t like the years of dominance by the SEC? Make your game better, don’t try to weaken ours.

  • Daniel Austin

    Every Big Ten Conference schedule is full of cupcakes, unlike the sec conference schedules…sounds like they are just trying to keep up with the sec… How many Big Ten schools play #1 #3 #5 #7 back to back to back to back weeks? UM…none Nuff said!

  • Allen Barnes

    Many of the schools playing FCS opponents do so at the behest of their state legislatures. I believe that, at one point, LSU was going one of the LA FCS schools each year to help keep money in the state. Not sure if that’s still the case. Many of the SEC schools will play one quality non-conference game each year. That coupled with the tough conference schedule should suffice.

    • deborah jean

      It is true some of these schools fund their whole athletic budget by playing a couple of these games. The players also get to show their talent on a national stage on television, which is something they don’t have the opportunity to do as much in their own league.

  • Michael Wanninger

    This is not cut and dry. For many FCS schools, playing a “big” school has many positives. First and foremost is a big pile of money – money that may keep the football program alive. Also many are using the game with the BCS school at a stepping stone to going BCS. I think this is happening with Alabama-Georgia State. And with the SEC TV contract, many of these games are televised and it is the one change to get the team and its players a chance to be seen on national TV. And finally there is the case where a few years back, Alabama had someone cancel on them when their conferences rules changed and that had to play more conference games. With schedules set years in advance, Alabama had to fill in with a FCS school. Finally playing in the Big 10 is the same a playing 8 or 9 FCS schools each year – unless you were playing 8 or 9 of the best FCS schools. That would be harder. In the SEC, we look for the few easy games as a break. In the Big 10, you look to get up for the very few hard games. That is why Ohio State cannot legally beat an SEC school. No matter your talent, when you play all year against the 8 Weak Sisters of the North, you have not developed the skill to suddenly jump your game to SEC level.

  • BamaFanLongTime

    Great for the Fans? What about these young men getting beat down, week after week after week. If they played BCS teams every week in between their SEC schedule, the fans would end up watching backups play by the end of the season.
    Who would like that? If you want to stick your nose in our conference, then go interview someone like Barrett Jones and ask him how he enjoyed playing 4 or so games needing foot surgery. Use a little thought process before you go and jump on someone’s band wagon.

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