1. And The Big Winner In The SEC Scheduling Model Is …
Just like it is for the other conferences, the big winners are the fans.
To keep pushing this, think about what we’re getting.
We might be missing some of those big non-conference showdowns, but now there’s a chance to get Alabama vs. Florida, or LSU vs. Georgia, or Tennessee vs. Auburn or South Carolina vs. Mississippi State.
Granted, it’s hard to get too jacked up about a Vanderbilt game, but the defense is going to be a killer this year. Sure, let’s see it take its swings against the Tide, Tigers (Auburn or LSU version), or Mississippi State.
Overall, it’s hard to be a big winner right now until we find out who’s missing the big guys who aren’t currently on the schedule, but it’s a win for some teams if others might now have a tougher road to deal wit.
Maybe Alabama gets Vanderbilt and Missouri while Texas A&M gets Florida or Georgia. Maybe Georgia gets Arkansas while Florida gets Bama.
But from first glance, Auburn could be the biggest winner if it doesn’t have to face Florida.
Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Those are the four teams from the East it’s currently missing, and all things considered, getting two of those four to play would be a plus if Bama, LSU and A&M get tougher dates.
The biggest winner overall, though? It’s college football … for now.
The SEC – like the other conferences – could’ve packed it in and said no, but it’s still trying to make this happen.