The SEC will enforce a new policy starting in 2016 requiring all conference members to schedule at least one football game against an opponent from another power conference — the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 or Pac-12. The Big Ten’s Indiana Hoosiers will be waiting patiently by the phone for the first challenger.
Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports got the ball rolling when he said on Twitter what many across the college football landscape were probably thinking…
Don’t everyone call Indiana all at once, SEC schools.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) April 27, 2014
This quip did not get by those behind the Twitter controls in Bloomington…
So, which SEC school will be the first to make that call? It should be noted the Hoosiers are already scheduled to play an opponent from the SEC this season. Indiana will visit Missouri in the back-end of a home-and-home scheduling agreement that started with last year’s game at Indiana’s Memorial Stadium. Missouri won that meeting, the first between the schools since 1992 when the Tigers were a member of the Big 8, 45-28. Missouri was Indiana’s first SEC opponent since the 2005 season, the 19th consecutive season with a team from the SEC on the schedule. Aside from this fall’s clash with the defending SEC East champions, no SEC schools appear on any of Indiana’s future non-conference schedules right now.
Indiana is 16-19 all-time against the SEC, according to mcubed.net’s database. That includes two losses in bowl games.