With the SEC’s future scheduling format, every conference member is required to play one team annually from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten or Pac-12 to help with the strength of schedule.
For teams like Alabama, Auburn and LSU that don’t have an annual non-conference rival already, it will be simple, but for others, including Mississippi State, it will be more difficult.
Dan Mullen admitted yesterday on the SEC teleconference that MSU has had trouble scheduling home-and-home opponents.
“We never got a lot of interest in teams wanting to play home-and-homes with us, but we’re going to continue to try to do so,” Mullen said. He added later, “I think we’ve tried to be proactive.”
Mullen alluded to something I wrote about the other day: it’s going to be hard for a few teams to find future mates. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Kentucky don’t have to worry about it because they’re already playing ACC teams annually and satisfy the mandate. I pointed out MSU, along with Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, may have a tougher time than most. That’s not to say they can’t or won’t, because they’ll have to, but it will be more difficult than others. MSU or Vanderbilt do not play a major non-conference school this season.
As for Mullen’s overall take on the 6-1-1 schedule, he speaks truth. And that truth is that nobody knows how good the format will be in the College Football Playoff era or how it will affect the SEC’s chances competing for a national championship.
“I look at the SEC, there’s so much change in college football going on right now,” Mullen said. “Until we know how the whole system is going to play out, we don’t know if it’s going to be a good or bad system. I think with the SEC and scheduling, we’ve had an awful lot of success with it and it’s worked out fairly well. I can see with all the other questions to not make another change.”
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