We've got another scheduling complaint about the SEC, this time from Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood. During an announcement that the Scarlet Knights would be playing a home-and-home with Washington State in 2014 and 2015, Flood made reference to their upcoming game against Arkansas, expressing his frustration with the rest of the conference.
“But to be honest with you, there were other SEC teams that wouldn’t play us and that’s unfortunate because I know they like to come up here and recruit and we certainly would like the opportunity to play them on their field as we go out and recruit. I think our players saw last year when we played Arkansas and we played the rest of our schedule that we can compete with anyone in the country.”
Rutgers played at Arkansas last season and the Razorbacks will return the favor this year. Flood said that the school tried to schedule two more SEC opponents, but implied that the fact that the Scarlet Knights wanted a home-and-home trade stalled the plans.
...maybe this is a blessing in disguise. Rutgers' 2015 Big Ten schedule contains Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin. Adding an SEC opponent to that list would surely produce one of the more difficult schedules in the country.