SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic shares thoughts on SEC's nonconference plans after expansion
The Pac-12, Big 12 and Big Ten all currently play 9 conference games per season. When the SEC expands to add Texas and Oklahoma, the prevailing thought is the league will add a ninth conference game to its slate as well.
What does that mean for the rest of the nonconference schedule in the years to come?
On ESPN Radio’s “Freddie and Fitzsimmons” on Tuesday night, SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic said he thinks the SEC will keep the bigger nonconference rivalries (think Georgia-Georgia Tech, Florida-Florida State, Kentucky-Louisville, South Carolina-Clemson, etc.), but might not be as willing to play other strong nonconference foes:
“I think you’ll still get the strong nonconference games,” Cubelic said. “I do think the SEC goes up. I think you have to add another conference game. You’re talking about $70 million per school (being distributed by the league). If that’s the case, the one thing I don’t want you doing anymore is going out and playing teams from other leagues. We’ll keep that money in-house. We’ll keep that money among ourselves. Why do we want to share that much revenue when we’re driving it in?
“It goes back to inventory. When you have the quality teams the SEC has, now by adding Oklahoma and Texas, the inventory that you’re going to be able to offer in your next television deal is going to be second to none. You’re not going to want to share that with too many other people, either. I don’t think they’ll go past 9 (conference games) because you still want to try to get as many teams in the College Football Playoff as you can. But the other part of this is we don’t know where the Playoff is going. … There are so many questions with where college football is going.”
As Cubelic notes, there is a lot that is up in the air in the college football world these days. So, we’ll all have to take a wait-and-see approach when it comes to the future of SEC nonconference scheduling.