Stanford Coach David Shaw Criticizes The SEC For Keeping An 8-Game Schedule

On April 27, the SEC’s presidents voted on a new scheduling format, which features a 6-1-1 layout–six games versus division opponents, one game against a permanent opposite division opponent, one game against a rotating opposite division opponent–and a requirement that beginning in 2016, each team will have to play a non-conference game against a team from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, or Pac-12. 

The decision did not come without criticism. A decent amount of the critique came from conference coaches, who felt that it was unfair for schools like Florida and LSU to be forced to play each other every season (they’re each others permanent cross-over opponent). Now, criticism is coming from a coach from another conference. 

It’s fair for Shaw to criticize the SEC for sticking with an eight-game schedule. Shaw’s team, Stanford, plays in the Pac-12, a conference that plays nine league games each season.


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Andrew Holleran is an editor at College Spun.