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College Football: Big 12 Deserves Spotlight for Non-Conference Schedules

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 26:  Terrance Ganaway #24 of the Baylor Bears runs the ball against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Cowboys Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterJune 20, 2012

Every year, we hear fans from outside of the Southeast bemoan the SEC's scheduling practices.

It can be counted on as sure as that Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 fan who will somehow find a way to incorporate "they don't play anybody" into their argument about why the SEC is overrated.

Well, Bruce Feldman over at CBS Sports took some time to highlight the weakest of the weak when it comes to non-conference schedules, and the SEC had three of the Top Ten. Mississippi State, Georgia and Tennessee made the list.

Tennessee is an interesting addition considering their opener against NC State, but overall, it makes sense. Oddly absent from the list was Oregon. The Ducks play Arkansas State, Fresno State and the juggernaut of Tennessee Tech in 2012; not remotely inspiring.

However, one league had just as large a presence as the SEC on Feldman's list; the Big 12. Three Big 12 teams make the list, headlined by the top team, Texas Tech. Baylor and West Virginia also fall in line as teams with terrible non-conference schedules. 

Scheduling is a problem in college football, and while people attempt to frame it as an SEC problem, the fact is every conference is as guilty as the next. The Big 12 has most certainly scheduled their way to success in the past; see Kansas 2007 or Texas 2009 for a non-conference slate that leaves much to be desired.

The Big 12 is guilty of the same crime many have strung the SEC up for in recent years. Bad scheduling is bad scheduling, and it is clear the Big 12 has some teams that are taking advantage of the system, stealing some easy wins in order to build some momentum.

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