OK. So, who was the only SEC school that week to play a non-SEC BCS team? Who was the only team to lose to a non-SEC team? Sheesh.
The lineup of action on that day was as follows:
Alabama versus Western Carolina
Arkansas versus Mississippi State
Auburn versus Alabama A&M
Florida versus Jacksonville State
Georgia versus Georgia Southern
Kentucky versus Samford
LSU versus Ole Miss
Missouri versus Syracuse
South Carolina versus Wofford
Tennessee versus Vanderbilt
Texas A&M versus Sam Houston State
If you ever wonder why the SEC is so often chastised for scheduling creampuffs, there’s your answer. On one weekend SEC teams feasted on Western Carolina, Alabama A&M, Jacksonville State, Georgia Southern, Samford, Wofford and Sam Houston State.
Hey, if you’re going to schedule laughers, don’t put ‘em all on one day late in the season. Get ‘em out of the way early and/or break ‘em up from school to school. When that isn’t done, the SEC opens itself up for criticism. Worse, it also ticks off those TV executives who happen to be paying the league billions of dollars for the broadcast rights to… Kentucky versus Samford?
The good news is that the SEC seems to be addressing the issue. On no date this fall will SEC squads matchup with seven FCS foes as they did last November. There will be five such games on September 7th, but that’s at the start of the football calendar — and it’s not an issue. September is cupcake time across the nation.
More impressively, over the course of five football Saturdays in November 2013, only five FCS opponents will face SEC teams. That’s a helluva lot better than playing seven on one weekend a year ago.
In 2014, SEC schools will battle seven FCS foes total. While that is better than hosting seven on one day, four — Alabama/Western Carolina, Auburn/Samford, Florida/Eastern Kentucky, and Georgia/Charleston Southern — will all be played on November 22nd.
In other words, the scheduling of the league’s nonconference cupcakes is getting better… but there’s still more work to be done from a television perspective.