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Bret Bielema proposes SEC/Big Ten Challenge

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It seems like every year that the SEC and the Big Ten are the two conferences that get criticized the most for having weak schedules. This year has been no different as the Ohio State Buckeyes have experienced a lot of hate for their non-conference schedule.

One big proponent of trashing their schedule was Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema. He opened his mouth earlier this year and talked about how the Buckeyes wouldn’t last in the SEC, just days before his Razorbacks fell to the Toledo Rockets.

On Wednesday, Bielema proposed on ESPN something that would possibly fix all the negative schedule talks. He said that there should be a Big Ten/SEC challenge where you line each team up by record and they play each other in one big weekend of football, much like college basketball.

“Let the best of the best play each other, and maybe the lower ones play each other week in and week out,” Bielema said on Wednesday’s SEC coaches teleconference. “Just reserve a week every year, it would be kind of a fun thing. People would get into that now. I’ve been in both leagues, and I have the utmost respect for both. It would be something kind of fun if you could just reserve that, and that might eliminate the whole need for an FCS [team]. Then you schedule three other opponents that are FBS and go.”

I don’t agree with Bielema about much, but this doesn’t seem like a terrible idea. Having Alabama and Ohio State play during the regular season? Yes, please.

As a sidenote, the Razorbacks are currently second in the SEC West and fourth overall. They would matchup with Michigan. Bielema and Jim Harbaugh on the same field?

I would pay to see that.

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    Caleb is a young veteran of the sports journalism world that has a passion for college football, mostly the SEC, but namely the LSU Tigers. He also has an affinity for the Georgia Southern Eagles, because who doesn't love Erk Russell and national championships, right? He has experience working in print and online media as well as broadcasting, working with his high school alma mater football team and the Savannah Bananas.
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