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The Clay Travis Experiment: SEC vs Pac 12 (Football)

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When Clay Travis isn’t trying to uncover Alabama players suit shopping habits on his new website, he’s occasionally providing us with interesting topics of discussion.  Today he did just that.  Clay penned a ten point argument for why there should be more conference vs conference challenges in NCAA football – similar to what we see with a few leagues in NCAA basketball.  The idea would be a seasonal rotation of challenges between the SEC, PAC 12, Big Ten and the ACC, but seeing as how the Big Ten and the ACC are pretty boring, Clay used the SEC and PAC 12 as the guinea pigs in his experiment.

The appeal of such an idea is pretty straight forward – fans love to talk about being in the best conference, therefore they would certainly tune in to a game to based on conference pride, more viewers translates to more dollars.  The biggest downside I can see is that big teams are already shying away from any real competition in the out of conference schedule, as an early year loss can put your team out of the running for a National Title.  But now that the Debt Ceiling thing is over, hopefully congress can get around to finally mandating an NCAA football playoff.

Here’s how next years match ups between the SEC and Pac 12 would look, if Clay Travis ran the world:

12: Colorado vs. Ole Miss

11: Washington State vs. Vandy

10: UCLA vs. Kentucky

9: Cal vs. Auburn

8: Oregon State vs. Mississippi State

7: Arizona vs. Tennessee

6: Washington vs. Florida

5: Utah vs. Georgia

4: Arizona State vs. South Carolina

3: Stanford vs. Arkansas

2: Southern Cal vs. LSU

1: Oregon vs. Alabama

Some of the games are still pretty “meh,” but overall they would be more enjoyable (and far more watchable) than LSU vs Louisiana-Monroe.  Plus, the potential of a USC vs Tennessee would be too much to pass up.

What do you think of the idea?  Would you like to see bigger name opponents in the football off season?  Is the Pac 12 a good place to start?  Personally I would rather watch the SEC beat up on the Big East for a few years, but that’s me.

If you would like to read Clay’s full argument, you can check it out here.  I will warn you though, he talks about soccer at the start of the article and nobody enjoys that.

Article written by Will Lentz

13 Comments for The Clay Travis Experiment: SEC vs Pac 12 (Football)



  1. Jason
    8:06 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    SEC would probably take at least 10 of those 12 games. That’s awful. Put the SEC against either the Big 10(11) or the Big 12 (whatever # of teams they have now).



  2. Ira Tatum
    8:11 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    SEC versus PAC 12 Football sounds like a blast!
    Bring on the Bruins!



  3. GoCats2
    8:20 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    I dont get it? What does this have to do with the UK Legends game or Joe B. Hall?



  4. ihatebuckeyes
    8:26 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    I would love to see the Suckeyes play someone good out of conference.



  5. Mary Jo Perino's Boob Sweat
    8:37 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Does KSR have some kind of deal brewing with Clay Travis, or is Clay’s credibility growing? This would be a good idea, actually, except for the fact that the SEC would probably SMASH most of these guys. I’m still for sale, by the way. Real heads know the deal.



  6. whip out ya big ten inch
    8:46 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    its never gonna happen all these other conferences are scared of the SEC, 5 national champs out of one conferences is all i gotta say, bring it PAC 12- BIG EAST-BIG 10,11 or 12



  7. Catsantonio
    8:59 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Would love to see UK schedule at least one other decent non-conference game besides UL. This is the next logical step for us to take as a program.



  8. catnuts
    9:06 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t want to trade an Eastern Kentucky or Ohio University for a game with UCLA or any other big conference team. We need all the gimme games we can get.



  9. boyd crowder's bible
    9:18 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    it would have to be sec vs big10 for anyone to care & big10 only conf with any real depth other than sec. big10 = huge ratings, boring or not. osu-bama, neb-lsu, um-ark, psu-usc, wisc-uf, msu-uga, iowa-msu, ill-tenn, aub-pur, iu-uk, minn-olemiss, nw-vandy
    but not sure we’re ready to be playing OOC games that aren’t gimmes.



  10. Danny
    11:50 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    4) California in 2012, 2013; Virginia Tech in 2014, 2015; Oklahoma in 2016, 2017; Tennessee in 2018, 2019; Georgia in 2020, 2021. Not bad.



  11. Stud Studerson
    11:53 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    We should not schedule anyone unless they agree to play us in basketball. At least we would split the series. In all seriousness though, Mitch should have Joker sit down with Cal and let them somehow make up a football offense with the same concept as the dribble drive. We already have a solid defense with Trevathan making every tackle, a high octane offense like the dribble-drive would get us in the Top 4 in the sec east. .



  12. boyd crowder's bible
    12:07 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    4-they played texas ’05/’06 & USC ’08/’09 & the U ’10/’11.



  13. Stud Studerson
    9:38 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Eh