More or less agree.
THIS is the root of the scheduling issue. Most SEC programs have the math down perfectly: Schedule two or three OOC patsies at home, beat up on the permanent SEC underclass and then do your best against the top tier teams and voila!, you are 7-4, 8-3, 9-2 or 10-1 and on your way to a bowl. And on occasion, if you play your cards right and everything falls into place, you get to go 13-0 (see Auburn, 2004).
This formula allows the conference to then brag about the number of ranked bowl teams it has produced. It also allows SEC partisans to crow about how theirs is the best league year in and year out (look at the bowl teams! look at the ranked teams!).
But, going on the road is a risk. You can actually lose a road game, which is why Washington State will come to visit Auburn, but the Tigers will not be going to Pullman in return. Instead, they will schedule a home game that is a guaranteed win and use it to inflate their record AND make money. The best of all worlds, right?
The SEC is a fine conference, without a doubt. It has the best athletic talent in the country and some incredible traditions.
But the fact that programs like Georgia, Auburn and others are starting to schedule these OOC games now is a tacit acknowledgement that, yes, they HAVE been skating by all these years. If money were so important, UGA wouldn't be traveling to Colorado and ASU in coming seasons.
I think it would be really exciting to see matchups like LSU at Penn State, Florida at Oregon or Georgia at Michigan State. College football would be better off and maybe, just maybe, we'd get a clearer picture on which conference really is the best.
I would LOVE to see the SEC have some crazy OOC slate and win a bunch of those big games. It would have the twofold effect of 1)shutting me up and 2)help the fans claim (at least for that season) that the SEC is the greatest college football conference.
Of course, I won't lie---it'd be pretty funny to see them just as easily fall on their faces.
Either way, we're the better for that panacea. Make it happen!