About SEC games, specifically Auburn. Seems like most years we play teams about the same time every year, but Auburn has been an exception. When they play in RRS its late October usually, but sometimes, like this year, we play at Jordan Hare in September. Once it was even the season opener. Is Auburn asking the SEC office to schedule us earlier than we schedule them? Or was it because we already had a nonconference contract with Tulsa for this October? Or did we sign Tulsa for October because we knew we’d be at Auburn earlier?
Teams can request when to play or not play a conference game to fit around previously agreed upon non-conference games, to fit a neutral-site contract like the Southwest Classic in Arlington or the Cocktail Party in Jacksonville, or to fit a traditional rivalry date. The conference office’s task is to fit a schedule around roughly 70 dates and preferences.
The Tulsa game was scheduled for 2018 before the conference schedule was released.
Good question Swine. I’ve often wondered about this as well. My wife’s family are AU fans and we go there and they come to Fayetteville. We’ve often discussed it. As you indicated, the disparity always comes from the AU end. That late August game there a few years ago almost killed us…
As far as I can tell there is no way to “trade” with either Texas A&M or Missouri and make it ideal for the other side. It would make Missouri have three home SEC games one year and five another, and would make it to where A&M had only three on-campus SEC games two seasons in a row. They already are unhappy having that happen every other year.
The two SEC home game issue is one Arkansas created and could put to an end if it wanted to end it.