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SEC will continue to play eight conference games with addition of Mizzou

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Now that Missouri has officially become the 14th member of the SEC, one of the main questions of whether or not the conference would move to a nine-game schedule has been answered.

Despite statements by South Carolina president Harris Pastides that the SEC would move to a nine-game conference schedule as soon as Missouri joins the conference, the SEC’s office has tweeted to the contrary.  The Tigers and SEC commissioner Mike Slive made it known they plan for that entry to be July 1, 2012, but admitted there were details that needed to be ironed out with the Big 12 for that to happen.

Pastides said that if the SEC moved to a nine-game slate, the conference would have reimburses each team who had to break their contract with a non-con opponent if it resulted in a financial loss. Given the competitive nature of the SEC, a move to nine conference games would have been a surprising one.

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9 Responses to “SEC will continue to play eight conference games with addition of Mizzou”
  1. sportsinhd says: Nov 8, 2011 12:24 AM

    Not surprising, I’d hate for SEC Powerhouses like Florida and Alabama to have to give up games against rivals like Florida Atlantic, UAB, Kent State, and North Texas.

    (I’ll give ‘Bama credit for playing Penn State the last two years, but the hypocrisy of people screaming about Boise State when SEC teams dine on scrubs early in the season is ridiculous.)

  2. v2the4 says: Nov 8, 2011 3:30 AM

    very funny sportsinhd. Florida has not played a non-conference game outside the state of Florida since 1989!!!!! 21 years ago since they left the sunshine state to play a non SEC foe, which was a 33-21 loss to Syracuse at the time….

    of course, they could use the “sec schedule” excuse, except in that same time, all of their conference foes have played multiple out of conference games against other power teams….

  3. kwgator says: Nov 8, 2011 6:50 AM

    Why would Florida or any SEC school schedule a tough non-conf game? The SEC is by far the best league and the conference games are tough enough

  4. kdbroom says: Nov 8, 2011 7:44 AM

    sportsinhd and v2the4. Non-SEC schools HAVE to play tough OOC games to beef up their schedules. SEC don’t because their conference games are more than sufficient to give them tough schedules. It’s that simple. When SEC schools do schedule tough OOC games (like Bama-Penn St, LSU-Oregon, LSU-WV, Auburn-Clemson, Florida-Florida St., Ark-A&M, UGa-Boise, etc.), that’s makes the SEC even better. Until ANY another conference can figure out how to beat an SEC team in the BCSCG, your comments are simply interpreted as envy.

  5. southernpatriots says: Nov 8, 2011 8:37 AM

    LSU scheduled Oregon as the first game of the season, away from home. Then LSU played 3 ranked opponents in 4 weeks, all away from home. Then LSU played #2 Alabama away from home…winning all. At least this SEC team does not shy away from major ranked opponents in its OOC games and will not over the upcoming seasons as well. With TCU, Washington, and Oklahoma scheduled home on home, and other teams such as Notre Dame, Michigan, and Boise State being worked on.

    This conference schedule is hard enough. If we used the philosophy espoused by several Big 12 teams we would not schedule hard OOC opponents stating that our conference schedule is already hard enough. However, LSU does not use this philosophy but practices just the opposite by scheduling the best opponents who will schedule them.

  6. waynefontes says: Nov 8, 2011 9:45 AM

    sportsinhd says:
    Nov 8, 2011 12:24 AM
    Not surprising, I’d hate for SEC Powerhouses like Florida and Alabama to have to give up games against rivals like Florida Atlantic, UAB, Kent State, and North Texas.

    (I’ll give ‘Bama credit for playing Penn State the last two years, but the hypocrisy of people screaming about Boise State when SEC teams dine on scrubs early in the season is ridiculous.)

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    Right. Because Boise State has SUCH a tough conference schedule. Boise dines on scrubs ALL YEAR LONG. Must be nice to have one real tough game a year.

    And the Big 10, Pac 12, and Big 12 schools play such hard OOC schedules with no patsies. Give me a break.

    I almost feel sorry for you being a clown pulling for a loser team and a loser conference.

    Who is your team? Let’s see your team’s non conference opponents.

    Just sit back and try not to be too bitter that your school (whoever it is, doesn’t matter) is not relevant.

  7. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Nov 8, 2011 11:09 AM

    Unlike rec league, middle school, high school and NFL teams, college teams do not have the opportunity to play scrimmage games against other teams. It is in a team’s best interest to schedule “cream puffs” early in the season. It works well for the cream puffs seeing as how they pick up several hundred thousand dollars for the privilege of getting their butts kicked. In addition, they have an opportunity to stun the football world with an upset (e.g., App St/Mich, Va Tech/James Madison and Jacksonville St/Ole Miss).

  8. southernpatriots says: Nov 8, 2011 11:27 AM

    brutusbuckeye2011: Or you can schedule Oregon as the first game of the season, and beat their rears. Schedule 3 top ranked teams in 4 weeks all away from home and beat them all, including the juggernaut Alabama…oh, sorry, only LSU does that. Sorry……never mind….! ha.

    We are working on scheduling some additional top ranked teams as the first games in future years now that we know the 14 team schedule in is place for the SEC. So far, there are not many takers who wish to play LSU as their first game, even Oklahoma did not want to do this but did schedule us home on home for the middle of the season in 2018 and 2019. Now to try Notre Dame, Stanford, Michigan, and others.

  9. sportsinhd says: Nov 8, 2011 3:39 PM

    LSU deserves every accolade they’ve received this season because of their tough schedule. Kudos to Les Miles and the Tigers for playing the toughest schedule in the land, non-conference games against Oregon and West Virginia, think of what college football would be like in September if every school did that.

    For those of you who continue to harp about Boise’s schedule, why don’t you ask Slive to invite Boise into the SEC, or petition for them to get a PAC-12 invite. They are a small school, they are never getting that invite, their schedule is what it is, at least they don’t go the Florida route and play cupcake after cupcake to open the season.

    Watching the bitterness about Boise State on this board is always hilarious, and a little sad. I think the non-AQ schools have proven they belong in the BCS. TCU beat Wisconsin, Utah beat Alabama, and Boise State beat Oklahoma. It’s impossible to say these schools don’t belong after all of that.

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