The Big Ten announced today that their teams will no longer schedule FCS teams and ESPN, the god of all sports, has announced that the SEC should follow.
Okay here are the cupcakes in the Big 10: Northwestern, Minnesota, Iowa, Purdue, Indiana and Illinois. Michigan State, who has been decent in the past few years is on the decline. Wisconsin, who dominates their conference year in and year out, gets blown out in nearly every bowl game that they play in. Then their is Penn State, who was dominated by Alabama two years ago, and Michigan, who was a joke against Alabama and South Carolina last year. There is Nebraska who has been irrelevant since the 90's and of course the great Ohio State. They got there butts kicked by Florida and LSU in recent BCS games.
Okay, here are the cupcakes in the SEC: Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss. I hesitate with Freeze's recruiting and Vanderbilt last two seasons to call them cupcakes, but lets just say they are for argument's sake. Then we have South Carolina who beat Michigan to death, and Georgia who have been a play away from a BCS game a couple of times. Then there is Auburn, Florida, LSU, Alabama, and Tennessee who have all won at least once BCS championship.
The reason the Big 10 is not scheduling FCS teams is because their conference is nothing but a bunch of FCS teams. Since they can't beat the SEC on the field, they are going to take the "high road". The SEC teams schedule weak opponents because they need the break, and everyone at ESPN knows it.
According to ESPN, with the upcoming playoff system, the SEC needs to work on their strength of schedule. Trust me, playing in our conference, is strength enough. The problem, is nobody knows how the playoff selection committee will operate, which means the Big 10 teams can be handpicked for the tournament and they can fall back on the excuse that they didn't schedule any out of conference cupcakes. Are we really this determined to get Urban Myer a ring outside of the SEC? Looks like it.