The All-New, All-Different (yeah, right) SEC scheduling model
Eight is Enough.
The SEC sticks with an eight-game conference schedule, and requires member schools to play one non-conference game against a team from either the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, or Notre Dame. (Dr. Saturday)
Chris Low says that the SEC "missed the boat" in it's decision to remain at an eight-game conference schedule. He also criticizes the fact that SEC fans will lose out on "the opportunity to face (or see) every team in the league at least once in a four-year span." (ESPN)
Quality is a subjective term.
Run Home Jack (a.k.a Celebrity Hot Tub) states the obvious about the new SEC "quality" non-conference mandate: Expect to see SEC schools play a lot of games against Indiana, Wake Forest, and Utah. (Every Day Should Be Saturday)
Grumbling from Death Valley.
And the Valley Shook soundly criticizes the SEC's decision to stick with the eight-game conference format, and complains about how the protected cross-division rivalries only benefits five schools (Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee). Oh, shut up and be happy with being paired with Florida every year.
You're too late, I've already done it!
Andy Hutchins explains how Florida won't have to worry about scheduling a "quality" non-conference opponent, since it already has an annual rivalry with Florida State on its schedule. Back to the drawing board, Mike Slive. (Alligator Army)
ESPN's Ted Miller and Adam Rittenberg share their opinions on the SEC's new scheduling model.
Be My Enemy.
Good Bull Hunting looks at Texas A&M's new cross-division permanent rival, South Carolina. I'm expecting GBH to reach levels of trolling about this comparable to Black Heart Gold Pants' treatment of Iowa's "Most Hated Rival," Purdue. Don't let me down, Aggies!
Meanwhile, back in reality...
I have to praise you like I should.
Florida head coach Will Muschamp gives out "high praise" to the Gators' receiving corps. (The Gainesville Sun)
Seven the Hard Way.
Michael Casagrande looks at "Seven ways how (first-year offensive coordinator) Lane Kiffin will change the Alabama offense in 2014." (al.com)
After the Storm.
Cippy Wallace looks at Tuscaloosa, Al. three years after the city was ravaged by tornadoes. (Outkick the Coverage)