There is no question the Southeastern Conference is the toughest league when it comes to college football. Each week teams go through a meat grinder while competing for the conference title. It is a wicked tough task.
Perhaps because of this, schools often take breathers when it comes to non-conference schedules. Typically, each team plays one tough non-conference foe, but the remaining three are often against smaller schools.
Some of these matchups can be intriguing, but most are not. In fact, these games against smaller schools should be avoided by everybody. They are a waste of time from a competition point of view. There might be one huge upset every three or four years, but overall, they are just not worth it.
So, after reviewing the schedules of all 14 SEC teams, here are the weakest non-conference foes each team plays.
LSU -- The Tigers play
on September 29. Towson is a member of the Football
Championship Subdivision (FCS, what used to be called Division 1-AA). SEC teams should never play teams from this subdivision. Towson
Ole Miss -- The Rebels play
Arkansas on September 1. I
am going to cut the Rebels a little slack.
They are coming off an awful year and face one of the toughest schedules
in the country. One preseason
publication has them playing the second toughest schedule in the nation.
Vanderbilt -- The Commodores host Presbyterian on September 15. Expect this game to draw only about 18,000 fans when it is played.