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March 4, 2012

The SEC Schedule and South Carolina's Change

Two tidbits that came out yesterday about the SEC football schedule in 2013 and beyond. First, South Carolina will likely change permanent rivals. They will pick up Texas A&M and drop Arkansas. As Josh Kendall mentioned, Arkansas ended the Gamecock's hopes of an SEC East repeat. Interestingly, South Carolina's AD didn't want the AD group to make a decision until he could poll his fans.

76% voted to play Texas A&M yearly and to drop Arkansas. I guess the South Carolina fans that voted against the change are the ones that complained loudly about playing Georgia any other time than the first weekend in September. Doesn't changing your permanent cross division rival count as at least as big a change as what date a game is played?

The other thing is the delicious combination of the SEC's two most deliriously self-important fan bases. I can't wait to hear the combo hype of Gamecock and Aggie fans, especially if they do play this game the first weekend of the conference slate.  Oh Gods of TV, please let this replace Tennessee-Florida as the opening game of the CBS schedule.



Anonymous said...

I read a lot of comments about how great our coach, Mark Richt, is by a vocal minority of our own fans. I do agree that South Carolina fans get all hyped-up about their program (note program) when they have not done anything, ever. But, really these fans of Mark Richt we have just make his a cushy job here. Both South Carolina (and Texas A and M) and Georgia fans do a lot of talk in the off-season, followed by not much during the 11 seasons of this head coach here, too, sir.

Current 11-year period Mark Richt :

3-13 vs teams finishing AP Poll Top 10 all 11 years

17-24 vs teams finishing AP Poll Top 25 all 11 years

# 27 coach Mark Richt vs teams ending up under .500

9 teams Mark Richt not a winning record against

# 19 nationally Top 25 at time of game Mark Richt

# 6 SEC Coach win% vs Top 5 time of game all 11 yrs

# 6 SEC Coach win% vs teams ending Top 25 all 11 yrs

# 88 coach at Home vs Spread Mark Richt all 11 years

26-35-2 vs Spread at Home Mark Richt all 11 years

# 55 nationally bowl record win % at 7-4

# 81 coach Mark Richt grad rates and APR 2001 to now

# 52 Average NCAA Total Offense all 11 years

# 37 coach Mark Richt Score Touchdowns all 11 years

# 52 coach on 3rd Down Mark Richt all 11 years

Anonymous said...

^All good points. Especially since UGA was a national power before Richt took over. 3-13 vs top 10 teams? That's terrible, since most teams dominate top 10 teams year in and year out.

You know your fans are hard to please when everyone wants the 2nd best coach in school history fired.

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