The SEC has four more schools than the Big 12, so each year, four teams are left out of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. According to Jon Rothstein, the SEC is working on adding home-and-home series with teams from the American Athletic Conference (AAC) for teams that aren’t involved in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge as a way to create more Quadrant 1 and 2 opportunities.
Teams in the AAC: Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, South Florida, Southern Methodist, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa, and Wichita State. As Adam Luckett notes, the SEC and AAC already faced off several times last season:
It seems like the SEC and AAC were previously doing this even if it wasn’t their intention. Last year, LSU went to Houston, Cincinnati went to Mississippi State, and UCF went to Mizzou. Getting all of these games on the same day/weekend would be a great idea.
— Adam Luckett (@AdamLuckettBOS) April 11, 2019
This probably won’t impact Kentucky too much since the Cats are typically one of the marquee names in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, but it’s nice to know that the SEC continues to find ways to strengthen the sport. Also, I see you, Memphis…