Consecutive Road Games - SEC East & OSU

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    I noticed that all of the SEC East teams play road games in consecutive weeks, except UG and Vandy. Vandy opened the season against an SEC opponent, so their games in the SEC are more spread out. SC had 3 consecutive road games.

    Also, Missouri represents the furthest travel distance for teams in the SEC East. All 4 of the SEC teams that play AT Missouri, do (or did) so at the end of a series of road games in consecutive weeks:

    UF played @LSU then @Missouri.
    UT played @Ala, then plays @Missouri.
    SC played @Ark, @UT, then @Missouri.
    Tx A&M plays @Ala then @Missouri.

    In fact, all 6 of Missouri's home games, after the opening week, are/were against an opponent that played on the road in the week prior.

    Ohio State, on the other hand, did not play road games in consecutive weeks last year, and will not play road games in consecutive weeks this year either. (Even when calling games at Purdue, NW, Indiana, Illinois, Cal, etc, road games even though half of the stadium is filled with OSU fans).

    This thread is not intended to make excuses or complain about scheduling, just to point out some scheduling quirks. I prefer a tougher schedule, using the "iron sharpens iron" analogy, but when all other factors are equal some teams have an inherent advantage.

    An SEC season usually include a tough 3-4 game stretch that can make or break a team's season. These stretches can reveal weaknesses or flaws in a team, that might go unnoticed with a schedule like OSU's.
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    Very interesting.
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    Probably the same "quirks" that continue to allow UGA to skip Alabama and LSU most years and play Ole Miss instead.
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    South Carolina also has some interesting scheduling quirks regarding SEC opponents, such as opening their SEC seasons at home versus away:

    Initial SEC game per season:

    2013: @ UGA
    2012: @ Vanderbilt
    2011: @ UGA
    2010: UGA
    2009: @ UGA
    2008: @ Vanderbilt
    2007: @ UGA
    2006: @ MSU
    2005: @ UGA
    2004: @ Vanderbilt
    2003: @ UGA

    USC of course has it's typical home-and-home series with UGA, typically as both teams' opener for their SEC schedule, so there will be games played away in the series. But the SEC office has had a tendency to put another SEC away game ahead of their UGA games in seasons when the UGA game is scheduled for WIlliams-Brice.

    That will change a bit next season, as USC will host Texas A&M in Columbia as it's season opener, and then play UGA at home after hosting non-conference foe East Carolina. First time since 2000 that USC hosted it's first 2 SEC games of the season at home. Added to the Gamecocks final 4 games of this season all played in Williams-Brice, USC will have played 7 consecutive home regular season games over this and next season. USC currently has an SEC-leading 14-game home win streak alive, and with a win this Saturday versus Miss State will tie the program's longest home win streak at 15....
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    Foley should protest to the sec office
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    This is just a rare set of circumstances because the SEC has absolutely no bias towards teams.:sick:
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    eff osu and the sec has always looked out for bama
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    Even if you're playing a lame team like UT, that is a rough stretch given your facing home cooking and almost 100,000 fans of the other team. That SC/UT game had "trap" written all over it after their blowout of Arky and before their Missouri game.

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