No turning back? Chris Doering says conference-only SEC schedule is too good to pass up
Now that SEC fans got a taste of opening the season with conference-only matchups, it may be too good to pass up in future seasons. Count SEC Network analyst Chris Doering in that camp.
“The schedule, what we got to see, jumping right into the fire with SEC on SEC matchups, I don’t know how we can go back from anything other than that,” Doering said on Monday’s “SEC This Morning” with Peter Burns. “I’m good if we can play a Power 5 conference in the opener, but the idea of playing Group of 5, FCS teams, is not appealing anymore.”
Burns pointed out that it’s difficult to get nine conference games, so the schedule would likely have to be eight or 10 games. Alabama coach Nick Saban has historically been in favor of adding more conference games, and Burns said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn told him Sunday that the Tigers normally play tough early games anyway.
“I want to see everybody in the SEC playing an overall more difficult opponent,” Doering said.
Burns said he is in favor of 10 conference games, and then a non-conference game against a smaller team, and a non-conference game against a Power 5 team, then the College Football Playoff is expanded.
“That Week 11, FCS insertion, that’s got to go away,” Doering said, and Burns agreed.