1. The SEC’s “new” schedule policy, mandating one nonconference game against a school from the other four equity conferences, is not new at all. That’s what the SEC schools do now. Since FBS schedules expanded to 12 games in 2006, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Texas A&M have played three seasons in which they played no nonconference games against a school from one of the big conferences. The other 11 SEC schools have done that a total of three times. In other words, the policy that the SEC announced Sunday codifies what the schools already do. The SEC just missed an opportunity to give its fans better games.
2. At the other end of the spectrum is Georgia, which has played 15 nonconferences against teams from the other equity conferences over the last eight seasons, and that doesn’t include No. 5 Boise State in 2011 (Broncos won, 35-21). In those eight seasons of more challenging schedules, the Bulldogs finished in the top five in 2007 and 2012. Vanderbilt and South Carolina are tied for second with 12 games against the other equity leagues. Alabama and LSU lead the SEC West schools with nine apiece.
3. I took a hard-hat tour Monday afternoon of the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The building is a fascinating attempt to meld the history and the emotion that draws us to the game. A cathedral-like setting on the third floor will honor the game’s best players and coaches. The first two floors will be more devoted to the fan experience, from karaoke fight songs to state-of-the-art digitization that will feature your school’s historical highlights on the video board as you walk through the facility. The plan is to be open for the 2014 season.