In my opinion: A 9-game slate in SEC won’t be good for all
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
May 03, 2013 | 1551 views |  0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the Southeastern Conference’s new television network with ESPN in place, conference football coaches are facing the possibility of a nine-game league schedule.

Alabama’s Nick Saban is for it. Pretty much every other SEC football coach isn’t. SEC commissioner Mike Slive seems open to discussion, and he’s the one whose vote counts most.

There are pluses — if the league needs to create programming for this network, it would be easier with conference teams playing each other more often. Also, with the college football postseason expanding from two to four, an extra loss from a tougher schedule wouldn’t necessarily kill a team’s national title hopes.

If a team wins the league, it pretty much is assured of playing in football’s final four.

But there is a minus — half the teams in the league will play five home games, while the others will play four.

This likely won’t be an issue in most years. But when it pops up and two contenders have an unequal amount of SEC home games, they’ll cry more than a beauty queen winning a crown.

So, if you’re going to play more league games, why settle for just nine? Why not 10? That will leave only two more regular-season slots on the schedule for SEC teams to fill. So they’ll need to find only two rummy schools to take a paycheck in return for a beating instead of three or four.

Contact Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Read “In My Opinion” in every Anniston Star sports section, written by Star staff members.
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