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Jul282005

A pundit gets it!

Kudos to Sports Illustrated's John Walters---link

Contests between schools who do not compete in the same conference are known as "intersectional games," except in the Southeastern Conference, where they are known as "wins." See, SEC teams rarely schedule worthy non-conference foes and even less often do they leave home to play them. Les Miles isn't just an SEC coach; it's an SEC credo. This year the 12 SEC schools will play a total of six intersectional games on the road. They are:


Sept. 1: Vanderbilt at Wake Forest
Sept. 17: Mississippi State at Tulane
Sept. 17: Arkansas at Southern California
Sept. 17: Kentucky at Indiana
Nov. 5 : Tennessee at Notre Dame
Nov. 26 : Georgia at Georgia Tech (though this is actually an annual rivalry)

Kudos to the Hogs and Vols for risking their seasons with a tough road trip. Shame on Auburn, Florida and LSU for playing it safe. Memo to the SEC: This is why you can go undefeated and not play for the national title. We don't want to hear how the SEC is the toughest conference in the nation after it went 3-3 last bowl season.

Memo No. 2 to the SEC: There's this contraption, see. You put people in it and it magically transports them through space. No, not the General Lee. An airplane. Try it sometime.


Walters is the first writer to really step up to the plate on this one and not just timidly nudge the SEC teams. Sometimes bold words are needed, when simple and patient nudges go ignored.

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Reader Comments (10)

A much deserved "BAM" to Walters from me.
July 28, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterEmeril Lagasse
Braves & Birds is all with the evisceration:
http://bravesandbirds.blogspot.com/2005/07/john-walters-makes-me-grumpy.html
and again:
http://bravesandbirds.blogspot.com/2005/07/add-on-to-john-walters-evisceration.html

Oh snap. WTF is the problem with the SEC, anyway? It's a good conference. So are all the BCS conferences except the Big East. Can't we just leave it at that and talk about something that's not actively retarded?
July 28, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterBrian
Examples of Big XII not getting its butt kissed by media:

1) Oklahoma gets blown out in conference championship game and gets berth in BCS championship game.

2) Nebraska gets blown out in last game (note: not conference championship game) and gets berth in BCS championship game.

3) Oklahoma eekes by Texas A&M (lost to Baylor, pummeled by Tennessee, whom Auburn handled on the road and on a neutral field) and every other team they played last year and are given the Big XII automatic berth in the BCS championship game.

Sure, the media is willing to say such things as:
SEC is second-best conference behind the ACC, but as long as nobody criticizes the Big XII, we'll be okay.

Note: Reason why PACkers don't criticize the Big XII? Record of 5-13 against the conference in meaningful games over the past four years.
July 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterI'm a Realist
My response is up.
July 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMichael
And what's with the gratitous shots at Michigan?

A) They're a strawman. Your thing here is scheduling.
B) Michigan was hardly embarassed. They dominated Washington and lost on a fluke confluence of a blocked FG to go up two scores being returned for a touchdown and then a deflected interception on the next play from scrimmage. The UCLA game came down to Hayden Epstein missing a 20-something yard field goal. Oregon was weird.
C) I'm not even a part of this conversation, other than to assert that it's dumb.

Elkon provided a convincing assertion that the SEC's nonconference schedules are about as hard as everyone elses (i.e., shamefully weak all around). You take cheap shots, claim "defensiveness," and address no points made. You are bad at this.
July 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterBrian
What are these games called between the Pac 10 and these opponents for 2005?
Sacremento State, Portland State, UC Davis, Idaho, Neveda, Rice, Temple, Northern Arizona, Grambling State, etc.?

Are these "intersectional" games or "wins"?

Road games or not, this is pitiful.
July 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterDawgy1
Ya know what guys... Maybe the Pac-10 has caught on to this scheduling stuff too. THeir teams have some pretty easy non conference slates this upcoming season. Yes, SEC teams outside of Tennesee, Florida, and Arkansas schedule walk overs for their out of conference slates but the mainstream media doesn't pick up on that. And the RECRUITS for darn sure don't pick up on that. So if the Pac-10 teams start to get more Wins and hold on to the elite recruits out there then why knock 'em. We've been following that formula for years. Now we really do have the most talented teams. But THere's no reason that a state like California shouldn't have at least 3 top-25 ranked teams EVERY year with all the talent they have out there. They can't hold on to them because teams out here in the SEC & Big 12 have gone out and landed a lot of their top players. Southern Cal finally held on to a few, and look what's happenned. I won't knock the Pac for starting to follow that formula.
July 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterLSU Tiger Fan 26
I thought you were LSUfan25 @ HP? Did you age or did LSU pick up another fan?
July 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterI'm a Realist
This is not a mystery. Almost every program in every conference schedules for money and is playing the BCS card that they've been dealt with the present system. The SEC is no different. Their OOC schedules really aren't much different if any as far as quality of opponents goes.

All this is much about nothing, no facts just a bunch of SEC bashers that for some reason must be jealous.

July 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterDawgy1
A big factor that us regular fans will probably never know the full details about is are certain schools trying to schedule big name opponents, or are they taking the Tuberville (i think it was him) approach where you say "oh we play in such a hard conference my guys deserve to play easy OOC games." How many big programs will go out and schedule a series with Florida State, Colorado, Kansas State, Nebraska, Arkansas, Auburn, Penn State, Ohio State. Hopefully some will know which program I'm talking about in the last 15 years. Sure you have to fill in spots with a San Diego State, houston, a Flordia A&M, Middle Tennessee State, but you gotta be making an effort to go out and schedule that big game outside of your conference if you want national respect.
July 29, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterPaxil

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