I was listening to the Tim Brando show about an hour ago, and he was interviewing the University of Georgia coach. And Brando was making a big deal about Georgia's game with Oklahoma State this weekend, and he was using this game to say that the people who claim the SEC doesn't play anybody outside of the conference just doesn't know SEC football.
And Brando makes a good point, when it comes to Georgia. He just forgot to mention the Florida Gators, the presumed pick to be number one in the nation this year. And Florida has a devastating out-of-conference schedule that includes national powers Charleston Southern, Troy, and Florida International. It's going to be a miracle if Florida gets through that unscathed.
So while most of the teams in the conference might be doing something, the team that the rest of the schools will have to fight for number one is playing cream puffs. This is one of the problems with the college football system. If a team wants to play for the national championship, it should actually have to face some decent out-of-conference competition. The team can't control the strength of its fellow conference members, but it can do something about the other teams, and the reward for a school like Florida playing Charleston Southern on the opening weekend instead of Boise State or TCU or BYU is that it doesn't get to play for the title.
That goes for the Texas Longhorns who, this weekend are taking on University of Louisiana-Monroe instead of a legit powerhouse or a team from one of the mid-major conferences because Mack Brown's a coward.
So if we're going to maintain this farce of a college football championship system, then the teams playing for the thing have to play some legit competition from time to time out of the conference.