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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):
Big 10 (1):
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):
Mountain West (1):
SEC (9):
Alabama 2, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State 3, Tennessee
Pac-12 (1):
WAC (0)


Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 6:31 am

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

I love it when everyone gets on the band wagon against the SEC. People always want to see the top dog fall. fact is the SEC beat the last 5 contenders for a National Championship and the SEC has a winning record in their Bowl games. Another fact is that most SEC teams that play in a bowl play against a contender that is ranked higher. The last statement I want to make is that ALL college teams play scrubs so why are you questioning the SEC.... I love reading the DRAMA that everyone puts on these boards. Bama has started off their season the past 4 years against BCS contenders like Clemson, Virginia Tech, Penn State and this year they will start with Michigan and every year they beat the pants off of them. They deserve to play some smaller school and the smaller schools benefit from the money that they make to help their programs. It is a win, win situation. You people need to stop worrying about who the SEC play out of conference and start worrying about your team winning.

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:34 am

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Why wouldn't the SEC teams have a good relationship with the Sun Belt?  It's in the south and inferior teams that don't require as big of a payday as teams from other areas and no return trip.

Do you tools expect the SEC to face the gauntlet of the SEC every week and then the top programs from the other BCS conferences too?  That's lunacy.

SEC should have a cozy relationship with the likes of the Sun Belt, MAC, CUSA, and even the Big East and ACC too since those conferences are chumps and wannabees also.


Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:54 am

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

At least when Michigan plays an FCS team it's a contender for their national championship.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:52 am

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Color me impressed that the Mississippi State University Bulldogs are stepping it up this year, playing the likes of the USC Trojans, Alabama Crimson Tide, Tennessee Volunteers (am I correct in thinking that that game isn't counted in the SEC standings?), and the hard-core convicts of Michigan's maximum security Jackson State Prison. I'm damn proud of you boys down there! :)

Since: Jan 9, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:03 am

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Wow....The great SEC as always plays scrubs and hypes their own conference. Remember when Bama lost to ULM? How about Utah?

LOL....this conference is the most overrated thing since the BCS titles game of 2012.


Since: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:59 pm

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:22 pm

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

There are some very logical reasons for this situation.
  1. Most importantly SEC teams can beat up on Sunbelt teams even Vandy and get two-three wins thereby making it easier to a secure bid to a meaningless bowl game
  2. Travel is inexpensive since most Sunbelt schools are near by their SEC bully brethren  saving the smaller Sunbelt schools some money on travel
  3. The SEC is full of self important scandal ridden football obessed schools who have lost sight of their core mission of education.

Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:16 pm

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

im not surprised, this is on par with what most large conferences do. Big Ten plays alot of MAC teams b/c its close to home, and keeps revenue in state or close to home and brings large crowds to smaller schools, which benefits the smaller school. I have no problems with it, as long as SEC fans dont cry about Ohio St playing MAC teams. Go Buckeyes!

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:06 pm

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Couldn't the folks in Starkville work alittle bit harder on scheduling.  3 non-con games against the same conference?  Weak.

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:50 pm

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

UNT is undefeated versus the Big 10.... who els can say that...

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