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A Stray Thought Occurs:

The Big Ten and the Pac-12 have agreed to a league-wide non-conference scheduling arrangement, effective as of 2017. In addition to cementing the eight-game conference schedule (SEC, take note), doesn't this basically ensure that the tentatively-set 2020 and 2021 meetings between Georgia and Ohio State are virtually assured of not happening? Go 'Dawgs!

GwinnettGamecock v. the Big Ten: Not a Fair Fight

We're going to have to give the Big Ten time to go get a few more guys. Go 'Dawgs!

The Big Ten Can Go Bite a Hog in the Hindquarters

That's a summary. Read the whole piece for the details. Go 'Dawgs!

GwinnettGamecock's Take on Where the SEC Now Stands

It's a good assessment of the Southeastern Conference's stature in the wake of a conference expansion exercise that ended with a whimper rather than a bang. Go 'Dawgs!

Stick a Fork in Conference Expansion . . .

. . . because it appears to be done. (Hat tip: SG Standard.) ESPN reports that Texas has announced its intention to remain in the Big 12, and school sources at Texas A&M are offering a similar indication. Gene Stallings certainly has backed off of his hardline stance in favor of the Aggies moving to the SEC. Frankly, I don't get it. I don't see how the Big 12 can negotiate a better television deal after losing the marquee program in the Big 12 North, the Denver media market, and the right to host a conference championship game. If, however, that is what has happened---and it certainly appears that it has---we all owe Dan Beebe a huge apology. After getting so psyched up over the ostensibly impending arrival of Texas A&M, I am disappointed at the loss of the opportunity to see the Bulldogs play a conference road game at what is (in my humble opinion) the most well-named college stadium in the country. At the end of the day, though, the twelve-team SEC has been an enormous success, and the prospect of twelve teams in the Big Ten and the Pac-10 does not threaten the long-term viability of the league. With neither the Big Ten nor the Pac-10 gaining a toehold in the Lone Star State, the SEC is not imperiled by failing to make such inroads. In the end, it looks like initial projections were correct, and we all got caught up in the excitement of what turned out to be much ado about not very much. Oh, well. It was fun while it lasted. Go 'Dawgs!

Big Ten Expansion Produces More Contrived Trophy Games

As you well know, two Big Ten teams can't meet on the gridiron after mid-October without some worthless knickknack "trophy" retrieved from the bottom of a well or a rotting farmhouse or a caved-in mineshaft being on the line, so, naturally, Bret Bielema wants to start up an annual trophy game with newly-minted league "rival" Nebraska. You can't see me over the internet, but I'm rolling my eyes at this silliness. Go 'Dawgs!

Brian Cook Breaks Down the APR by Conference

The SEC is third, albeit only a couple of decimal points behind the second-place Big Ten. Georgia leads the league in APR, ahead of second-place Vanderbilt. Go 'Dawgs!

New Year's Day Big Ten-SEC Battles to Air Opposite One Another

They're rearranging your New Year's Day. The good news is that you get to sleep in a little later. The bad news is that there are fewer hours of football from start to finish. The great news is that you won't have to watch any of it on Fox. The upshot is that the odds are pretty good that, at 2:00 p.m. on January 1, 2011, you'll be watching the Bulldogs play a Big Ten team in the Sunshine State. Go 'Dawgs!

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