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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 1, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 3:45 pm
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Tenn stuip and Aubrn is spuid Roll Tide. Ihate SUN BELT teams.



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 3:38 pm
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

McMurphy, come on man.  You already cant write when you actually have something to write about.  now you come with this crap to try adn downt eh SEC.  I agree with poster below me, most schools do indeed play colleges that are close to their region.  Mainly because the farther you travel, the more it costs.  And more often than not, these smaller schools take these games for the money.  And the bigger schools take it for the W.  Brett, you suck.



Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 3:35 pm
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Alabama wants to win the natinal title thats why we play sun belt teams and ole miss too! 



Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 3:29 pm
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

The Sun Belt is the obvious choice for SEC schools to fill out their OOC schedules because both conferences are in the same region.  This would be like writing an article about Big 10 loving to play the MAC.....same region.  This isn't exactly a newsflash.


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