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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: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:29 pm

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

So where are the sun belt schools located?  South East.  Wonder why they would want to play major big time schools close to home with their fan base not having to travel much and get a big pay day?  Maybe the sun belt is only conference man enough to play 12 SEC games?  Too much time Brett

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:59 pm

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Since the onset of the 12 game schedule, the Big Ten has played 88 games against MAC teams and the SEC has played 53 against Sun Belt teams.  In that time the MAC has beaten the Sun Belt 11 times and lost 10.  Talk to me about differences here. 

There are plenty of valid reasons to question SEC (AND Big 12 and Big 10 and most of the PAC 12 not named USC) OOC scheduling but this one is a lazy man's flaw infested joke. 

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:46 pm

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

"The SEC is like a heavyweight champ that chooses to only fight women."

In those 8 games that the SEC won a title, they beat an ACC team (Fl St), a Big 10 team (Ohio St), two Big 12 teams (Oklahoma and Texas), and a Pac 12 team (Oregon).

I guess youre saying that Fl St, Ohio St, Oklahoma, Texas and Oregon are all the "women teams" of college football. Just making sure I was understanding you correctly. 

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:45 pm

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

It's not irrelevant at all. In the last eight seasons (2004 thru 2011) the SEC is 10-6 against the Pac-Twelve head to head. It's been the better conference top to bottom. In just the last three seasons the SEC has SEVENTEEN OOC wins against teams that finished ranked in the final polls. The Pac-Twelve? Only seven such wins in that same time period. The SEC's been a better conference than the Pac-Twelve.........plain and simple.

Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:43 pm

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

This is rediculas how how people are making comparisons about this. When teams make there OOC schedules they start against teams in their same state or arround them and the Sun Belt teams are in the south east. Enough said.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:30 pm

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

"Doing the math, thats 8 BCS titles for the SEC, and one for the Pac 12"

This statement is irrelevant since the BCS is a farce.

Look at the head to head series record between the SEC and PAC12 in the BCS era, it's probably closer than you think.

Who you CHOOSE to play says a lot about who you are.

The SEC is like a heavyweight champ that chooses to only fight women.

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:01 pm

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt


Since the advent of the BCS, Alabama (2), Auburn (1), LSU (2), Florida (2) and Tennessee (1) have won BCS national championships. In the same time span, USC has won one BCS title. Doing the math, thats 8 BCS titles for the SEC, and one for the Pac 12.

SEC- 8
Pac 12- 1 

Seems to me that the Pac 12 is living off of USC much more than the SEC living off of one or two teams.  

The SEC plays the same amount of conference games that every other conference with at least 12 teams does. When you have conference division, you play the the other 5 teams in your division, and 3 teams from the other division, as well as 4 OOC games to bring your total to 12 games. Until this past season, teams in the Pac 10 and Big 10 played everyone to determine a conference champion. Am I going to fast for you? 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:01 pm

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

also, Vandy couldnt be considered mediocre, they would have to be considered dogs, seeing as they have what, 1 bowl game in the last 15 years?  And as much as it pains me to say it, Florida is not mediocre, 2 national championship in recent memory.  Of course, a Cal fan casting stones about mediocre teams is laughable

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:57 pm

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

i agree with that all conferences are tough for those who play in them. any time a team sees you year in and year out anything can happen. while a team may feel a conference is not tough enough for them for example miami in the big east for football, after several years the conference caught up and passed them so they moved to the acc and once again the conference caught and passed them. wins vs fcs team however should not count.  alabama's win over ut-chatanooga comes to mind. without a playoff we solve nothing. that is the bottom line so arguing this is a moot point anyway

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:56 pm

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

ummm, medocre middle?  Auburn won the National Championship after going undefeated.  Check your facts.

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