SEC Needs to Play More Competitive Schedule
by Ben Finnegan
(Pittsburg, CA, USA)
The SEC's continued "dominance" of the college football landscape will remain nothing but a sham until the top SEC teams actually dare venture out of the deep South and schedule home and home series with top teams from other regions. Maybe they see the results Tennessee has had with home and homes with Cal and UCLA and they will retreat like a frightened turtle into the protective shell of SEC home venues.
I'm not disputing that the SEC produces great football teams, but I will always be skeptical of their claims of superiority until they go on the road to play USC, Ohio State, Texas, Oregon, Penn State, etc.
Florida hasn't played a scheduled game out of the south in over a decade so what are they afraid of? Until they take their show on the road, I can't accept them as the top team. Great teams take on all challengers, and Florida just seems to avoid them at all costs.
And I'm sure the beat down Utah put on Alabama last year will make the SEC elite dig in their heels even more and refuse to step up their non-conference schedules.