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SEC football schedules weaker than Big 10

Posted: Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:00 am

I see from Cosby Woodruff’s column in the January 10, 2018 edition of The Walton Tribune that he has enjoyed a full glass of the SEC Kool-Aid and wants to share it with us. As I have stated in previous articles,  anyone can take a set of figures and twist them and present any type of results they want. Using some direct quotes from Cosby’s column I would twist them with a little bit of reality. Cosby stated “ In the regular season, Alabama played nine games against teams from major conferences. Georgia played 10. UCF played one, and that was a 4-8 Maryland team. “ Since the SEC plays only eight conference games per year versus some other conferences playing nine conference games we will look first at Alabama. They won all eight of their conference games. Their conference opponents had a combined conference record for the year of 26 wins versus 38 losses. My goodness that’s impressive. Three of their other wins were against The Mercer Bears ( They have a football program?), Colorado State (ranked 66th) and Fresno State (ranked 87th). Georgia for their eight conference games played teams that had a combined conference record of 28 wins and 36 losses. (Almost as impressive as Alabama’s schedule). Their equally impressive non-conference wins were against the Samford Bulldogs (Aren’t they a Division 2 school?) and against Appalachian State (ranked 108th). Just has to make you swell with pride all over to know that the two top teams in a conference elevated to play against each other for the national championship came to the game with such startling records.

 For years the SEC has suggested that other conferences like the Big 10 were made up of two teams (like Ohio State and Michigan or Wisconsin) and the balance just weak teams. I suggest that maybe the SEC needs to look in the magic mirror and convince others what they have convinced themselves that theirs is the powerhouse conference. Perhaps in the past but,  I don’t buy that at this point. How about from this point forward the SEC play nine conference games like other conferences do and drop their sure win Division 2 opponent they schedule each year. 

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