6. Mississippi State: Oklahoma State at Houston, Alcorn State, Troy, Bowling Green. Troy and Bowling Green aren’t awful programs, which is why the Bulldogs are a fraction ahead of Alabama.
7. Alabama: Virginia Tech at Atlanta, Colorado State, Georgia State, Chattanooga. GeorgiaState and Chattanooga would be overmatched by Sun Belt teams, much less college football’s best.
8. Tennessee: Austin Peay, Western Kentucky, at Oregon, South Alabama. Going to Oregon is as good a game as a team can schedule. But Austin Peay, Western Kentucky and South Alabama are as weak a trio as a program can find.
9. Kentucky: Western Kentucky at Nashville, Miami-Ohio, Louisville, Alabama State. The Wildcats always have Louisville.
10. Arkansas: Louisiana-Lafayette, Samford, Southern Miss, at Rutgers. Actually not a bad schedule. The only knock on the Hogs is that every SEC team above them has scheduled a power – Louisville, Oregon, Virginia Tech, etc.
11. Missouri: Murray State, Toledo, at Indiana, Arkansas State. Who blames Mizzou for going light?
12. Auburn: Washington State, Arkansas State, Western Carolina, Florida Atlantic. Four home games. Not one of them worth rolling out of bed for, unless you’ve got a thing for Mike Leach.
13. Vanderbilt: Austin Peay, UMass at Foxboro, Mass.; Alabama-Birmingham, Wake Forest. At leastVandy’s playing in an NFL stadium.
14. Texas A&M: Rice, Sam Houston State, SMU, Texas-El Paso. Who schedules for the Aggies? Texas Tech? This looks just like a Tech schedule. Play only Texas teams, but play no good ones.
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