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Here is Alabama's schedule this year. With all of the talk of the "meat grinder" SEC schedule it is hard to look at this schedule and say that there is a high degree of difficulty. They have beaten two currently ranked opponents and have two games left with opponents that are a combined 3-17. Alabama's opponents are currently a combined 60-59. The SEC has good teams but Alabama has not played them and when they have they are 1-1. This should be taken into consideration when they talk about how difficult it is to play in the SEC but of course it is not.
# 21 Michigan (7-3) (Ranked # 8 at the time of game)
Western Kentucky (6-4)
Florida Atlantic (3-7)
Ole Miss (5-4)
Mississippi State (7-3) (Ranked # 11 at the time of game)
# 7 LSU (8-2) (Ranked # 5 at the time of game)
# 8 Texas A&M (Ranked # 15 at the time of game)
Last two opponents
Western Carolina (1-9)
Looks pretty difficult to me
Bamas schedule seems fairly easy for a sec schedule I think Notre dames is the toughest out of all the teams in the mix hands down they have beat teams out of every bcs conference except the sec
Zoo Animals look good to you too Sofla. We understand your fetish and accept it.
The only thing is the non-conference schedules in the SEC are terrible and typically when they do play a tough non- conference team it is either at home or at a netural site. But say what you want Alabama had a tough stretch of opponents before losing to A&M and remember when it comes to the conference you can't control it just like OSU.
This post was edited by jwm552002 17 months ago
ya...i have thought this all year long. bama has the easiest sec schedule possible. no georgia florida south carolina.
and another funny thing. texas a&m was getting laughed at before season for joining the big bad sec. everyone said they cant compete. ( i agreed ) and they have came into this conference and have smacked the sec in the mouth.
another funny thing, Les Miles just stated that the sec champ game should be the bcs title game even with 2 unbeaten teams. WHAT A JOKE!!!!
Top to bottom, they're still the #1 conference in the country.
I don't like it anymore than you or any of the rest of us...
But his 2 loss team beat our 1 loss team by two touchdowns in the NC game....
And until teams outside of the SEC start beating them 50% of the time in bowl games and beat them in the title game....he and the rest of them are going to say stupid things like that.
+1. Good analysis and very true!
Four highly ranked teams, four quality teams, a rivalry game and a conference championship game to possibly come against another highly ranked team isnt difficult?
Some of you are grasping at straws. I'd rather play a BIG schedule; now thats an absolute joke in comparison.
And I'm as big an OSU fan as any of you.
"man we got some fuckin weirdos on this site." - Davebucknut 9/5/13 post of the year
I agree at the top they are, their bottom feeders would be bottom feeders elsewhere...
It also helps to remain the "top conference" when you lose you never drop out of the top 10.....they have 6 teams in the top 10...that's ridiculous....the media, mainly ESPN, continues to scream SEC so hard that it does affect voters....there is no way you can tell me that it doesn't make a huge difference in their perceived SOS...the way they never drop, that guarantees a loss by any of them will be a loss to a top 10 team....now fast did A&M jump into the top 10? with ONE good win...they've already lost to LSU and Florida, so instead of that being factored in, it was just rubber stamped that they ALL must be top 8 teams......BS
And when the mighty SEC falls which they will.....you'll hear every media pundit back pedal and clamor over the team that beat em' and they'll never ever admit they were wrong....that's how bad they are....that's exactly what they did after 06'
All you'd hear them say were great things about how tough the Big Ten was....how Florida didn't really deserve to be there, Herbstreit was lobbying for an Ohio State vs. scUM rematch and so on and so forth and blah blah blah.....afterwards all you heard them say were even more stupid things like tOSU would be the 4th or 5th place team in the SEC and so on and so forth (mind you that scUM stunned the returning national champ Gators the following year in their bowl game....as did Penn State topping LSU later on).
They haven't let up since....well this year the mighty SEC is going to take a tumble.....because Big 12 Texas A & M just took down their #1 team on their home turf.....and yes A & M is technically in the SEC...but it's their 1st year there so essentially they are for all tense complete remnant Big 12 team. Florida was ranked 24th when A & M lost to them...now Florida is ranked 6th and A & M is 8th?!
What a joke....
What I remember about 06 was that Herbstreit absolutely didn't want a rematch.
He flat out says in this clip that he feels scUM is ("In my opinion" are his exact words) deserving of being #2 and he further backs that up by telling potential voters to not get caught up with the fact that it's a rematch.
This post was edited by Bearbuck 17 months ago
I find it interesting that every other conference in the country knocks out their non-conference games in the first 4 to 5 weeks of the season, unless they have a rivalry game that is non-conference. However, the SEC is masterful at playing FCS opponents in the week before the last game of the season. Look at the SEC schedules this week...you will see Wofford, Jacksonville State, Western Carolina, Georgia Southern, and Sam Houston State. It is genius for two reasons: 1) it is a lay-up before your rivalry game to end the season, and 2) If you lose earlier in the year, it is much easier to rebound in the standings. The shadiest conference in the country is smart as a fox...
It's just a way to schedule basically another Bye week....rest your starters....pretty smart honestly...
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