There is never such a thing as a fair schedule. All attempts at a fair schedule are futile and foolish. There may be better ways about handling the SEC business. This is in regards to SOS and revenue. But as long as there are divisions (and to have an SECCG, you have to have divisions), someone is going to have to play Bama every year. Someone is going to have to play UF every year. Someone is going to have to play LSU every year (and someone is going to have to play Vandy, Kentucky, Ole Miss, and/or Miss St every year).
Let's get rid of the attempts at fair. And focus on attempts at playing some dang good football.
Earlier this week we brought you a quick comment from SEC scheduling czar Larry Templeton regarding the issues faced by the league when trying to build a schedule that pleases everyone. Now commissioner Mike Slive has weighed in on the topic and he, too, makes it clear that scheduling isn’t as easy as most fans and media members believe:
“We try one (scenario), and there’s a knot. We try another one, and there’s a big knot — whether it’s permanent (games), whether it’s traditional game or whether it’s too many games. At some point in time, we’re going to have to unravel one of those knots and just make a decision.”
When the knots are unraveled, we expect — as we’ve written for years — that the league will move to a nine-game schedule featuring a 6-1-2 rotation with the league mandating that a 10th game be played against a school from a power conference.