Yahoo Sports – The SEC is sticking with eight conference games for its 14 teams, though it has a twist.
Starting in 2016, all SEC teams will be required to play a team from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 or Pac-12. Notre Dame can be played as well.
In an effort keep the conference’s strength of schedule strong for their teams, the SEC has decided to go on a diet. That’s right, time to beef up boys, no more cupcakes. Well… not quite. For the upcoming 2014 season, 10 of the 14 SEC teams will already meet this power conference requirement, with Mississippi, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt still ducking the big dogs while they still can. Unfortunately this is just a small step in getting competitive cross-conference match-ups since most teams will probably just schedule the bottom feeders of these big conferences anyways (back off everybody, Nick Saban already called dibs on Kansas). Of the 10 SEC teams who already have a scheduled game from one of these conference for the upcoming season, only LSU plays an actual contender, their season opener vs. Wisconsin, so props to the them. The Florida Gators on the other hand scheduled some nail-biters as their non-conference games, with two games against teams who won two games or less last season (Idaho, 1-11; E. Michigan, 2-10) and an FCS school with a .500% win percentage. I award them zero props, and my god have mercy on their souls.