What would an SEC-Big Ten football challenge look like?
Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema suggested Wednesday that the SEC and Big Ten should play each other in a conference challenge, similar to ones that already happen in basketball. He said to rank the teams ahead of time, then save a weekend for all 14 matchups.
SEC Country ranked the teams based on 2014’s conference standings and matched teams for what would have been 2015’s version of the challenge. This could replace an FCS or lower-tier FBS school on each team’s schedule. Teams would play their equivalent from the other conference based on ranking.
Imagine a weekend with Big Ten champion Ohio State vs. SEC champ Alabama in a marquee rematch of a 2014 College Football Playoff semifinal all the way down to the last-place teams playing each other. The inter-conference games would certainly draw interest. The conferences would most likely split the games so each league gets seven home games, and they’d decide on who got them.
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Here’s what this year’s games would’ve looked like:
Ohio State vs. Alabama
Wisconsin vs. Missouri
Michigan State vs. Georgia
Minnesota vs. Mississippi State
Nebraska vs. Ole Miss
Maryland vs. Auburn
Iowa vs. LSU
Rutgers vs. Florida
Illinois vs. Texas A&M
Northwestern vs. Tennessee
Michigan vs. South Carolina
Penn State vs. Arkansas
Indiana vs. Kentucky
Purdue vs. Vanderbilt