SEC not planning on eliminating FCS games anytime soon

Those who were hoping that the SEC would follow the Big Ten’s lead and ban its members from scheduling football games against FCS opponents are in for some disappointment. Speaking to reporters on Monday, including Tom Green of The Opelika-Auburn News, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said there were no plans to follow the same path taken by the Big Ten last summer.

“It’s a conversation piece, but we have not eliminated those,” Sankey said. “Our schedule is set up across the season, rather than toward the end, so each conference is allowed to have its scheduling philosophy. …There’s relatively speaking a limited number of those FCS games. Some of those are quite challenging opponents, relatively speaking. But we have not had a hard and fast discussion about eliminating those opportunities.”

SEC schools, as well as many others on the FBS level, usually play at least one FCS program over the course of the season just as a way of padding the win total, with these games known as “cupcake” games. However, the Big Ten has abandoned that philosophy so as to prove that its conference perhaps is the best of the Power 5.

On the SEC’s end, the decision to keep playing FCS programs is simple. Though one SEC program in Florida didn’t play an FCS program in 2015, Sankey and his SEC colleagues feel that there is no reason to eliminate what has become the new normal since 2011.

Maybe once the College Football Playoff Committee starts taking strength of schedule more seriously and SEC schools suddenly find it harder to stay in the national championship picture, Sankey will be forced to reconsider his position.

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