2. And The Big Loser In The SEC Scheduling Model Is …
First and foremost, the FCS teams and the Group of Five programs are about to get destroyed. Their entire athletic budgets are often made or broken on these non-conference games, and they’re gone now.
In the SEC …
Texas A&M, but this is assuming the SEC isn’t blowing up the divisions and is keeping the current games on the slate.
As it stands right now, the Aggies have to go to Alabama and Auburn, and they face LSU, but that’s part of the deal in the West. They were also getting the massive break of missing Florida and Georgia from the East, along with Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee.
Kentucky isn’t likely to be all that fired up, either. With its normal schedule, it was going to miss Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M. It still might, with Arkansas and Ole Miss the other teams not currently on the slate, but it was going to get off without playing some of the big boys from the West.
Tennessee wasn’t supposed to play Auburn, LSU or Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt was missing Alabama, LSU and Auburn. All of that might change now.