SEC Non Conference Outlook Part 1
SEC Non Conference Outlook Part 1.
Now is the time to discover who wants to be national champions. Some schools challenge themselves against great schools. Others will hit the road and find out what its like to play on enemy turf. Then the SEC will start writing checks to AA schools and beg for margin of victory to count in the polls.
First lets tackle mighty Alabama, defending champs. At least they scheduled one Big Ten school, but like its previous series with Penn State, they scheduled a name school that will not be threatening to win any major bowls soon. Of course Alabama will not be traveling to Michigan, they arranged a neutral site, because lets face it, Alabama does not play on another teams turf unless they are forced too in conference. So who is the rest of mighty, great, championship level Alabama choose to play against. Florida Atlantic, Western Kentucky, and Western Carolina. Most would love to see alabama defend these choices, but then again their coach is Nick Saban. The same man who pulls scholarships from players who do not play well enough to start if he can get more recruits, sending such boys that he used home with no degrees. It is hard to ask a piece of human garbage like Saban, who fights against paying players. Who fights against kids leaving school to the NFL early. Who left LSU under contract, then an NFL team under contract, to actually keep his word to mere kids who no longer serve his football purpose. Alabama fans will tell you all that matters in championships. Notre Dame fans will correct you and remind you what its really about.
Arkansas was a huge surprise last year. With a big time running game they gave alot of schools fits and want to ascend back to the top of the college football world despite all their off the field problems. Thankfully for them , they scheduled as many free wins as they could. Jacksonville State, ULM Warhawks, Tulsa, and Rutgers. They might want bonus points for scheduling a Big East team that is threatening to win four games and make them play in Arkansas but no one else is fooled. Its clear scheduling them Arkansas’s priority was make it too a bowl game, not play any one of substance. Auburn is a year removed from the national title but they scheduled like a team that is not sure they will see a bowl game with out a cupcake diet. They have their annual game against a Clemson team that gave up 70 the year before in a bowl game, a good team they are not. Them the ULM Warhawks prove they will schedule tougher then anyone in the SEC as they pick up another check. Then comes New Mexico State and Alabama A&M. Auburn scheduled scared and all their fans must acknowledge that.
For the final team of part one of our preview is Florida. Clearly rebuilding they have one of the harder non conference schedules as they play two actually credible teams. Of course one is Florida State who they are forced to play at gunpoint it seems in the final game of the season on the road. The most interesting one is the Ragin Cajuns of Louisiana, one of the potential BCS busters this year. Of course Florida did not realize that when they scheduled them and past scheduling leads us to believe if they could get rid of this game they would. The final two are Bowling Green and mighty instate rival Jacksonville State. As per Florida tradition the Jacksonville State game happens late in conference play for the other schools, because Florida always makes sure they get a rest game at that time of year to run up the score to impress ignorant voters who forget to check who the opponent is they are playing.
That wraps up the first preview, more will come later, every one remember. Notre Dame schedules great competition, so most of the other schools won’t have too!!!
Article by Enrico Sanitate