Why Should the SEC Play Tough Out of Conference Games?

brandon nealCorrespondent IApril 11, 2009

MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  Ryan Stamper #41 of the Florida Gators gets the crowd fired up during the FedEx BCS National Championship Game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

I challenge anybody to tell me what incentive there would be for the SEC play stronger out of conference games?

I have read threads on this site and others which bash big schools and, in particular, schools from the SEC for not traveling out of conference for big games and for scheduling Division IIA teams.

To me this makes no sense because at the end of the day you would be hard pressed to find any other teams that play more teams ranked in the top 25 than SEC teams. 

Now I don't have the time or energy to dig up statistical data in regards to who was ranked what and what not, but I can tell you on most years UF will play two or three top 10 teams and another two or three top 25 teams. Example UF usually plays teams like Bama, Georgia, LSU, and Tenn we also play up and comers from the SEC like Kentucky, Ole Miss, and Vandy. 

Remember, it's not the teams like UF's fault that we don't have to make up for a weak conference schedule. Having to play tough out of conference games is something the USC has to do because they play nobody year in and year out.