Amid the continuing discussion of a strength-of-schedule factor in selecting the four teams for the new College Football Playoff, the move toward a nine-game SEC schedule appears to have widened into a call for the conference’s teams to upgrade their nonconference opponents as well.
Already, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive has made a move in basketball, getting the schools to agree to send their nonconference schedules to the league office for evaluation and possible tweaking in an effort to get more conference teams into the NCAA tournament.
According to the Sporting News, Slive has similar concerns about the proliferation of “cupcake” games on SEC teams’ nonconference football schedules.
“I made it very clear,” Slive said. “I don’t want us playing four games that mean less.”
So whether the SEC goes to eight or nine conference games, the commissioner wants members playing more teams from major, BCS-level conferences and fewer opponents that do nothing more than guarantee a home