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Why SEC Schools Have to Improve Their Non-Conference Schedule

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Boise State Broncos at Georgia Dome on September 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IINovember 20, 2016

"SEC! SEC! SEC!" It's a war chant coming from the South striking the fear in college football fans across the nation.

The Southerners are coming up across the Mason-Dixon Line, ready to take your recruits, your cheerleaders (those that don't manage to escape to Oregon and LA) and more importantly, your national championships.

In the last few years, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas and Oregon have come to play the giants of the SEC in the Game Of The Glass Football, and they have all come short—Oregon astonishingly so (the rest were stomped). The Southerners have roared, and the rest of the country and grown.

Hell, the national championships in 2011 and 2012 have both gone either side of the same state, and since then, we've seen a statue erected, a tree poisoned and a headcase arrested.

Anyways, we applaud the SEC. When you actually attend a game, you can but applaud the speed, the power and gorgeous sunshine.

But after all is quiet, all we can think of is is: "Why doesn't the SEC get a better non-conference schedule?"

Let's just look at 2011:

SEC fans will point to the Tigers of Louisiana State, who played Oregon and West Virginia. "Oregon played in the 2011 title game, and LSU had to go on the road to play 'em," they'll say. 

Actually, that's not technically true.

LSU played Oregon in JerryWorld (sorry, the big Texas Stadium in Arlington), which meant that they did not lose a home game but more importantly didn't go on the road to Autzen Stadium. That game wasn't a true road game—despite what Tigers might tell you (the LSU fans outnumbered the Oregon fans about 2:1). But we'll give Les Miles West Virginia, though—the place is a tough trip for anybody.

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