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SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Posted on: March 1, 2012 2:13 pm
 
While Thursday’s release of the Sun Belt’s 2012 football schedule didn’t bring as much fanfare as the SEC or Big 12 schedule release, it did give us a chance to look at which other conferences love the Sun Belt. Specifically which of the other 10 FBS conferences love playing against the Sun Belt.

And no one loves playing/beating the Sun Belt more than the SEC, especially Mississippi State.

Three of the Bulldogs' four non-conference games are against Sun Belt members Troy, South Alabama and Middle Tennessee. Their fourth non-conference game is against FCS member Jackson State. I guess there were no Division III teams available that week.

Anyway, Mississippi State is among nine SEC schools that will play Sun Belt schools this fall in a total of 12 non-conference games. The only SEC schools without a Sun Belt team on the schedule is Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. Defending national champion Alabama’s schedule features two Sun Belt opponents: Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic.

After the SEC, Conference USA has the most schools (six) playing Sun Belt opponents with a total of eight games.

Mississippi State is one of five schools with multiple Sun Belt opponents. Alabama, Memphis, Tulane and Navy each have two Sun Belt non-conference games.

The only FBS league that isn’t playing the Sun Belt is the WAC.

Last year, the Sun Belt was only 10-25 in non-conference games against FBS opponents, including a 1-2 bowl record.

Conference (games vs. Sun Belt)

ACC (3):
Duke, Georgia Tech, N.C. State
Big East (1):
Louisville
Big 10 (1):
Nebraska
Big 12 (3):
Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State
C-USA (6):
Houston, Memphis 2, Southern Miss, Tulane 2, UAB, UCF
Independents (1):
Navy 2
MAC (1):
Akron
Mountain West (1):
Hawaii
SEC (9):
Alabama 2, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State 3, Tennessee
Pac-12 (1):
Oregon
WAC (0)

Comments

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:40 am
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

For be it for an LSU fan to be defending Alabama but Georgia Southern is hardly a pushover. And I'm guessing that Bama scheduled them before they started running the option because there's no way Nick Saban would've scheduled a team running that kind of an offense a week before the Auburn game.



Since: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2012 6:09 pm
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Ummm...When Bama played FCS team Ga Southern last season THEY WERE contending for their national championship. They also RAN ALL OVER US with the triple option!! Nice try Mr. Sprat!! 


So Ga Southern is a measuring stick for Alabama?  Thats funny



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 5:50 am
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

And with all these 'always at home' rent-a-wins vs Sun Belt and D1AA teams the SEC teams will ascend the polls. If there ever was a privileged league within this mythical system it sure is the SEC.
Hokiehen, if it would make you feel better Alabama could schedule your Hokies for our 4 out of conference games and dispense with playing the Sun Belt.
Oh wait, that pretty much guarantees us 4 wins yet again!  Ah well.



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:42 pm
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

vranger,


It's not just national championships. It's the overall depth of the conference. It's about 36 bowl wins over the last 6 seasons (more than any other conference). It's about 30 teams finishing ranked in the final polls over those same 6 seasons (more than any other conference). It's about 32 OOC wins against teams that finished ranked in the final polls..........also over the last six seasons (and also more than any other conference). The national titles are just icing on the cake.   



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:07 pm
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Yeah, evidently the SEC is the most overrated conference, except for every other conference. LOL

Win an NC game one of these years and then get back to us.

Wink



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 7:40 pm
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Hokiehen,


Your theory has been disproven time and again. 



Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:39 am
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Ummm...When Bama played FCS team Ga Southern last season THEY WERE contending for their national championship. They also RAN ALL OVER US with the triple option!! Nice try Mr. Sprat!!



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 7:53 am
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Being a Notre Dame fan (you know I dont have a lot to cheer about) I dont agree with the SEC non conference schedule, example Florida playing Charleston Southern..really! But with that said they have answered the call in the games that count and no one can dispute that, so until someone dethrones them, the SEC and their fans have every right to brag! Just my humble opnion, have a good weekend friends!



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 7:28 am
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

......and that's how you get 7-9 teams in  Post Season Exhibition Games, some with 3-5 conference records. It's comical.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 7:23 am
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

 And with all these 'always at home' rent-a-wins vs Sun Belt and D1AA teams the SEC teams will ascend the polls. If there ever was a privileged league within this mythical system it sure is the SEC.


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