Nebraska coach Scott Frost and his former employer, Central Florida, haven’t shied away from criticizing the SEC ahead of Monday night’s National Championship Game.
While the Knights have taken steps to claim this season’s National Championship after an undefeated season, Frost found a new way to pick apart the nation’s most accomplished conference: scheduling.
Frost argued that SEC teams have a big advantage because they only play eight conference games per season, while programs from other major conferences play nine.
“The other things I really was standardized is the number of conference games you play,” Frost said. “It’s a big advantage to play eight instead of nine. There were a couple times at Oregon when we would play USC or Stanford in Week 11 and Alabama was playing Georgia Southern and Western Carolina. And we lost those games. This year Wisconsin had to play two extra conference games than Alabama did and they lost one of them.”
Here’s Frost’s comments in video form:
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Frost might have a point — playing weak non-conference games later in the season is a tactic many SEC teams use. But Alabama also endures a tough non-conference schedule on the front end of the season while other major conferences avoid such tests.
And Wisconsin did have to play two more conference games than Alabama, but so did Oklahoma and Clemson — and those programs were able to prevail.
No matter how much Frost and the Knights would like to change the outcome, Alabama and Georgia will decide the 2017-18 National Championship on Monday night at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.