FOX Sports television and radio personality Colin Cowherd has never been shy about giving his opinion, especially when it comes to the SEC’s role in college football.
During a Tuesday broadcast of “The Herd with Colin Cowherd,” Cowherd added to his list of SEC hot takes by ripping into Alabama and Arkansas for each school’s scheduling practices.
Essentially, Cowherd claims that the Crimson Tide and Razorbacks manipulate their non-conference schedule to ensure that they play a “cream puff”, as he terms it, any time a tough game is looming on the schedule. Thus, in his view, allowing the team time to rest players and mentally prepare for a tougher opponent.
Have a listen to his rant on the subject here:
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 19, 2016
Alabama opens with USC, which Cowherd counts in his rant about manipulation because the Crimson Tide has all off-season to prep for that showdown. Western Kentucky, which has been a very solid Conference USA program during recent seasons, is the second non-conference opponent in advance of Alabama’s trip to Ole Miss. Home games against Kent State and Kentucky buffer trips to Ole Miss and Arkansas. Alabama has an open week in advance of a trip to LSU, and, finally, the Crimson Tide plays Chattanooga in the week prior to the Iron Bowl.
2016 Alabama football schedule (via secsports.com)
|Sat, Sep 3||vs USC||8:00 PM ET||ABC|
|Sat, Sep 10||vs W Kentucky||3:30 PM ET||ESPN2|
|Sat, Sep 17||@ Ole Miss||3:30 PM ET||CBS|
|Sat, Sep 24||vs Kent State||TBD|
|Sat, Oct 1||vs Kentucky||TBD|
|Sat, Oct 8||@ Arkansas||TBD|
|Sat, Oct 15||@ Tennessee||TBD|
|Sat, Oct 22||vs Texas A&M||TBD|
|Sat, Nov 5||@ LSU||TBD|
|Sat, Nov 12||vs Miss St||TBD|
|Sat, Nov 19||vs Chattanooga||TBD|
|Sat, Nov 26||vs Auburn||TBD|
Arkansas, meanwhile, opens with Louisiana Tech, which is a bowl team in its own right. Cowherd implies that it is a soft game leading into a Week 2 trip to play TCU, but that seems like a stretch. A game against Texas State serves as a buffer between TCU and Texas A&M, and the Razorbacks will play Alcorn State the week before they play Alabama in Fayetteville. Arkansas’ bye week comes in advance of a visit from Florida.
2016 Arkansas football schedule (via secsports.com)
|Sat, Sep 3||vs LA Tech||4:00 PM ET||SEC NETWORK|
|Sat, Sep 10||@ TCU||7:00 PM ET||ESPN | ESPN2|
|Sat, Sep 17||vs Texas State||7:30 PM ET||SEC NETWORK|
|Sat, Sep 24||@ Texas A&M||TBD|
|Sat, Oct 1||vs Alcorn State||TBD|
|Sat, Oct 8||vs Alabama||TBD|
|Sat, Oct 15||vs Ole Miss||TBD|
|Sat, Oct 22||@ Auburn||TBD|
|Sat, Nov 5||vs Florida||TBD|
|Sat, Nov 12||vs LSU||TBD|
|Sat, Nov 19||@ Miss St||TBD|
|Fri, Nov 25||@ Missouri||2:30 PM ET||CBS|