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The SEC And Its Scheduling Advantage Strategy
Its pretty obvious that the SEC has advantages even the other P5 conferences don't have. But IMO its based on a scheduling strategy "unfairness" that has existed for a long time. We used to criticise Arkansas for doing this, but in reality almost all the SEC teams practice it. The fact is they very seldom go on the road and play a non-conference game at the opponent venue. Here is what will occur this season.

Team----------------Home Games--------Neutral Site---------Away
Alabama----------------7----------------------1-------------------4*
LSU---------------------7----------------------1-------------------4*
Miss---------------------7----------------------1-------------------4*
Auburn------------------8----------------------0-------------------4*
T AM--------------------7----------------------1--------------------4*
Ark----------------------7----------------------1--------------------4*
MSU---------------------6----------------------0--------------------6
Tennessee--------------7----------------------1--------------------4*
Georgia-----------------6----------------------2---------------------4*
Florida------------------7----------------------1---------------------4*
Missouri----------------7-----------------------0---------------------5
Kentucky---------------7-----------------------0---------------------5
Vandy-------------------6----------------------0---------------------6
So Carolina-------------7----------------------0---------------------5

Total--------------------96---------------------9---------------------63

*These teams (9 of the 14) only played away games inside the SEC where they are required to do so and had no away games outside conference.

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RE: The SEC And Its Scheduling Advantage Strategy
Wow, I never knew about this. I'm kind of surprised the NCAA let's anyone make lopsided schedules like that.
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RE: The SEC And Its Scheduling Advantage Strategy
Its an unfair playing field and one that should be addressed by the NCAA, but probably won't. I have used the term "scheduling to advantage" several times over the years. That bascially means a schools strategy of controlling the schedule makes a giant difference in winning. Most of the time teams win more at home than away for a variety of reasons and if the schedule can be manipulated to advantage one team over another, the result is sustained success. Frank Broyles did this to TU for many years and because there was so much money on the table, TU did it - the old Godfather phrase of "making an offer he can't refuse" always comes to mind. Everyone knows this.

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According to the TW, our AD is probably going to "Arkansas" us with an OSU contract in the future. That is not a good thing. A 2-1, 3-1, 3-2 should never be discussed with anyone nor should a 1 and done like our game versus Ohio St this year. Eventually what occurs is that the coaches just move on early or the players get frustrated with it and develope a loser mentality. But the real villain is the AD that scheduled the game. I know what Gragg is thinking, we need to make more money, but his trade off is losses for short term profit. That is not the way it should be done IMO.

OSU actually needs Tulsa (the city) more than TU needs a game with a team in Stillwater. Let them come here all they want, but we should never have to make more trips to Stillwater than they make to the city of Tulsa. Very simple. OSU will make some argument in the media that TU needs the money, but thats really not the case. OSU's student population offset a lot of the profits since they don't really provide much revenue. So the contracts should be "fairer". Perception is not always reality in CFB. And BTW, there were a lot of empties in Gallagher- Iba last year folks.

Last year OSU played AT Central Michigan and drew 19,717* customers there in their opening game. I think they'd probably have more than that anytime they play in the city of Tulsa.

BTW signing a fair contract with OSU and OU is essential to long term success imo because we need the revenue and the easy way is a contract that puts them in Tulsa every other year - a long term contract that benefits everyone. What that would do first is keep upgrades occurring to CS, but it would also spike our season ticket sales every year. But OU/OSU benefit as well. Here is a breakdown of recent schedules for OU/OSU.

Selected non conference teams.

OSU
2011 - La Laffeyette
2012 - Savannah St - La Laffeyette
2013 - UTSA - Lamar
2014 - Missouri St - UTSA
2015 - Central Mich - Central Arkansas - UTSA

OU
2011 - Ball St
2012 - UTEP
2013 - ULM
2014 - La Tech
2015 - Akron


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(This post was last modified: 07-30-2016 11:49 AM by rabidTU2.)
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