The SEC may be “God's gift to football” (as SEC fans seem to believe), but its 2011 non-conference schedule is right out of a “how to schedule opponents you can overwhelm” playbook.
The SEC has, by far, the weakest non-conference schedule of any BCS AQ conference.
A laughable 25 percent of the SEC's 48 non-conference games come against BCS AQ programs.
Amazingly, the SEC actually has more FCS programs on its non-conference slate than BCS AQ programs!
While the SEC may be winning BCS titles like they're going out of style (maybe they are), it is impressing no one but itself with non-conference schedules like that.
The SEC is the only conference to schedule more FCS teams than BCS AQ teams. In fact, no other conference really even comes close.
As if that reason weren't enough to rank the SEC the lowest of the AQ conferences, their non-BCS AQ FBS opponents aren't exactly made up of a list of the top non-AQ teams.
Kent State, North Texas, New Mexico, Troy, Utah State, FAU, UAB, Western Kentucky, Central Michigan and Buffalo are just a few that make appearances against the SEC in 2011—many of them multiple times.
Sorry, SEC fans. Your favorite conference may win bowl game after bowl game, but even the most fanatical, irrational SEC fan has to admit that the SEC's non-conference scheduling leaves much to be desired.
And no amount of whining or saying that "this guy is an idiot" will change that fact.
Besides, you have to remember that we're talking about the conference as a whole, not about one, two or three individual teams.
Team A may have a killer non-conference schedule, but if Team G has an abysmally weak schedule, it all washes out.