The method of crowning a national champion changes from the current BCS system to a College Football Playoff in 2014-15. At that point, a team’s strength of schedule is going to be weighed heavily in deciding whether or not it earns one of the four spots in the tournament.
In reaction, the Big Ten has already announced it will be moving from an eight-game to a nine-game conference slate in an effort to beef up its numbers. However, when the 14 coaches in the SEC went ahead and voted on whether or not to do the same, the motion was struck down by a decisive 13-1 margin. The one voter in favor of increasing the conference slate by a game? Alabama’s Nick Saban.
While Saban’s concerns seem to be docile enough, South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier ripped the repeat national champion for what he believes is the harboring of self-serving interests.
The always-outspoken Spurrier has generally found time to rip on Georgia’s schedule as well, and rightfully so. A year ago, Georgia’s two cross-divisional, SEC West opponents were Auburn and Ole Miss. On the other hand, South Carolina’s were LSU and Arkansas. Had the Razorbacks not been forced to deal with losing coach Bobby Petrino in the offseason, the Gamecocks would have been slated to face off against two top 10 schools, while the Dawgs kicked off against two teams that were expected to be in the lower tier of the league standings.
However, coach Mark Richt’s squad opens the 2013 season against Clemson, a team expected to compete for the ACC title after beating LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl a year ago, and then takes on Spurrier’s Gamecocks in Week 2. That is no easy task, and Spurrier, apparently, understands that.
This via ESPN:
“We’ve got a tremendous schedule this year, we know,” Richt said. “I don’t hear Coach Spurrier complaining about it this year.”
Richt explains that he is getting ready for their Week 2 showdown with Spurrier far earlier than he generally would.
“Usually by the time we get into camp, we’re really not doing a whole lot for game two. We start with game one, but we’ve already got the plan for game two so that when that first game is over, we’re not just going crazy trying to figure out, ‘What are we going to do now?’ The plan will be there — at least what we thought a few months ago. You can tweak it if you need to.”
From the sounds of it, Richt was intending to “tweak” Spurrier a little bit — and we don’t just mean in the game plan.
[H/T: Saturday Down South]