Posted: 11:50 am Friday, July 25th, 2014

Rick Neuheisel latest to bash SEC teams, schedule 

By Andy Johnston

Pac-12 analyst Rick Neuheisel bashed the SEC's scheduling for November.

Pac-12 analyst Rick Neuheisel bashed the SEC’s scheduling for November.

Steve Spurrier was right when he called this part of the year the “talking season.”

Now, Pac-12 Network commentator Rick Neuheisel is the latest person to bash the SEC, this time criticizing the conference’s November schedule and making snide comments about SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.

“Their (the SEC’s) November is so vastly easier than any other conference … they can sit back and watch (contenders) fall off,” he said at the Pac-12’s media days. Remember, Neuheisel played QB at UCLA and has coached at Colorado, Washington and UCLA coach, which are all now Pac-12 teams.

There are some patsies dotting the schedules in November, including Charleston Southern at Georgia, Western Carolina vs. Alabama, Samford vs. Auburn, Eastern Kentucky vs. Florida, Tennessee-Martin vs. Mississippi State and Presbyterian vs. Ole Miss, but the month also is full of tough matchups and rivalry games.

There are others, including LSU at Texas A&M, South Carolina at Florida and Texas A&M at Auburn.

So judge for yourself. Will this be a no-pain November for the SEC’s contenders, or will they just cruise into the postseason?

87 comments
Railroadtracgang
Railroadtracgang

Then check the pac-12's september schedules vs some SEC teams september schedules. Pac-12 is loaded with Idaho, Portland state, New Mexico, San Diego state...etc. 

UGADawg16
UGADawg16

It is a compliment....if the SEC weren't the top Dawg then he wouldn't care.  Nothing says SEC! SEC! better than all these other coaches / analysts whining about what the SEC does.

JaySly
JaySly

Why do sec teams play all these cream puffs in sept and november instead of real teams?? Florida opens with Idaho and eastern Kentucky -- what gives??

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

The SEC! SEC! is a late November cupcake joke. The Committee will take note. 

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

Charleston Southern! Charleston Southern! 

Brian from Columbus
Brian from Columbus

Forget November, there will always be rivalry games there. So the SEC spaces out its conference games. What about opening week. The game that sets the tone for all of your off season workouts. I'm sure the PAC 12 is loaded with killer games right? Not so much. UCLA who is getting some top 5 love for some reason has the only "hard" game of the opening weekend when it travels to Virginia. Here is the rest of the P12 openenrs... yea, I'd never heard of a bunch of em either


UNLV

Weber State (is this basketball?)

Northwestern

Colorado State

So Dakota

Portland State

UC Davis

Fresno State

@Hawaii

Rutgers

Idaho State


Now here are the 14 teams the SEC opens with


Texas A&M

So Carolina

Temple

Boise State

West VA

Arkansas

Aubrurn

Idaho

Clemson

UT Martin

Wisconsin

So. Miss

S. Dakota St

Utah


A few cup cakes but at least I had heard of every team. 

DawginCO
DawginCO

This is nothing new.  Neuheisel has been doing this on the radio for the better part of a year.  He is a PAC 12 guy and sees the world from that point of view.  The PAC 12 will have some potent offenses this year based on returning QBs but who will play defense?  Stanford.  The physical whipping that any of those teams would take in an SEC schedule would make them all MASH units by the end of the year.  Stanford might be able to survive and that is it.  Neiheisel played 1 SEC team in his playing career.  That was Georgia in 1983 and UCLA lost that game.  As a coach he played Tennessee in 2009 and won.  He has no idea what SEC football is about because he doesn't have the experience.


Let him jaw.  If a PAC 12 team plays in the playoff and is unfortunate enough to play the SEC champ, then he'll understand.

kerryb
kerryb

This guy was so sorry he got fired twice in the PAC12. Come on down to the south and see how easy it is.

Terry1961
Terry1961

Georgia's strength of schedule is harder than all but two of the PAC 12 teams.

http://www.fbschedules.com/2014/04/2014-college-football-strength-of-schedule-ncaa-method/

2014 Strength of Schedule

PAC 12

11. Utah – 98-59, 62.42%

17. California – 94-61, 60.65%

29. USC – 89-66, 57.42%

36. Washington State – 88-67, 56.77%

42. Stanford – 86-68, 55.84%

49. Arizona – 84-69, 54.90%
49. Oregon – 84-69, 54.90%

52. Arizona State – 84-70, 54.55%

60. UCLA – 82-72, 53.25%

60. Oregon State – 82-72, 53.25%

66. Colorado – 81-74, 52.26%

77. Washington – 85-83, 50.60%

SEC

1. Arkansas – 103-54, 65.61%

3. Tennessee – 101-54, 65.16%

5. Texas A&M – 100-55, 64.52%

6. Kentucky – 98-55, 64.05%

13. South Carolina – 96-59, 61.94%

16. Auburn – 93-60, 60.78%

19. Georgia – 92-61, 60.13%

22. Florida – 91-62, 59.48%

26. Ole Miss – 89-63, 58.55%

43. Missouri – 84-67, 55.63%

57. LSU – 82-71, 53.59%

62. Mississippi State – 80-71, 52.98%

69. Vanderbilt – 78-73, 51.66%

95. Alabama – 71-79, 47.33%

MikeS777
MikeS777

Everything you hear about this sort of thing is all media hype.  Go look at the PAC 12 schedules, and you will see a lot of cupcake games as well.  The difference?  The SEC starts conference play in week one while the PAC 12 plays most of their non-conference matchups up front.  All those cupcake games get played in August and September as a tune up for conference play.

joeintucker
joeintucker

the left coast has had 3 championships in the last 23 years, and 2 of those were a split, the south in general has had 16, so bite me Neuheisel!!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Neuheisel- Smuheisel, they are just tired of losing to those Southern boys. Oh, Hey Everybody!

RangeRover
RangeRover

Nice that we SEC fans can finally come together on something....

VanguardETFs
VanguardETFs

Rick Neuheisel is a loser.  He ruins programs.  His gift is convincing Athletic Directors to pay him lots of money to ruin college programs.  Please don't ever put his name in this paper again.

SLR
SLR

HotDawg--I remember that game. Seems like there was a really long interception return for a TD--does anybody remember?

ARdawg
ARdawg

Am I the only one that finds Neuheisal's remarks flattering? The SEC and Bama should be paying rent in his and Stoops head for all that empty space they occupy. Grow up gentlemen and put the big boy pannies on.

Poledawg83
Poledawg83

Remind me again why I should care what Neuheisel has to say?  The guys is one notch below Kiffen.  They are both guys that had very little success but because they were young and had dynamic personalities people hired them.  And they both left programs in shambles in their wake.

Princess_Leia
Princess_Leia

Don't forget that 5 of the 8 Fulmer Cups have been won by SEC teams.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Ole Ricky was cheating at CO

HotDawg
HotDawg

Georgia beat UCLA to open season in '84 or '85.

Neuheisel may have been the qb then.

A rainy, yet beautiful night, in Georgia.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Used to be all the cupcakes were scheduled in the beginning of season.

So they spread them out deeper into the season.

Now they're complaining about that? What's the big deal? They still have same amount of cupcakes on schedule as every other school.

Until ALL schools decide to quit scheduling cupcakes, quit whining.

SECFactFinder
SECFactFinder

When you are the biggest, most powerful and most recognized conference, or business, or name brand everyone else uses negatives at every angle to make you look, sound, smell and taste bad. 

The same thing happens in politics and during elections, first you have to acknowledge the "other guys" then you have to start taking them apart any and every way possible.

Every Year for the last several years we have all witnessed the attacks on the SEC by every other weaker conference.  Some have done it very subtly while others have gone right for the jugular.  Lets review.

Other have attacked the SEC on:

Prop 48, Partial Qualifiers, Recruiting Rules, Football Camps, Coaches Salaries, Athletic Facilities, Assistant Coaches Salaries, Accepting Transfers, Oversignings, last year it was also schedules, and the list goes on and on.

The coaches, the AD's, the commissioners of the leagues that make the most noise are the same coaches, AD's and commissioners who have seen their teams fail to live up to the level of the SEC.

Schools like Florida State, Clemson went out and took the same position as of those in the SEC and they have done quite well in rebuilding their programs.  Congratulations to them for being man enough to see the way to build or rebuild a program and it does pay off.


For those others lets remind those same vocal people that when a SEC team reaches the BCS title game that their schedules included playing the most physical, fastest, teams in the country, with the most NFL draft picks year after year, and they have played a Semi-Final playoff prior to reaching the BCS title game, and that game the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta is the type of game and atmosphere they all dream of obtaining.  Yes, the SEC is the riches, the best for a reason, their fans and alumni all provide support even when they are not competing for a Conference title and from the months of August to January they live, eat and drink for Thursday thru Saturdays for college football.  The rest of the year those same SEC fans are living and breathing recruiting, and spring practice, winter workouts, and all the glory of the upcoming season. The SECCG is the closest thing any league can get to a Super Bowl and the SEC has perfected the college version.


Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.  Speaking poorly about the best is just jealousy.

Joeyfalcon32
Joeyfalcon32

Who cares if November is an easy schedule for the SEC.... The first two months of a typical SEC schedule is twice as hard as any other conference.... Crap, Auburn in a seven week period plays UGA, BAMA,FLA, SOUTH Carolina, and FLA..... And, even if the November schedule is "easy", the team that goes to the playoffs will still have to play in the title game which is always against a top 4 teams, which will essentially become an extra playoff game....So, that more than makes up for an easier November... IF you really want to talk about a laughable schedule, look at the OHIO State schedule..... The Big TEn's September, OCTOBER, and November is a Joke.... . 

Rick_James
Rick_James

@GTBob 

"He is right about Slive. The way he manipulates schedules to benefit the SEC is pretty magical"

LSU-Alabama, Auburn-Georgia, Alabama-Auburn, Florida-FSU, South Carolina-Clemson, etc. all November.I'm sure you'd like to see that Tech/Georgia matchup disapear..

Rick_James
Rick_James

Rick probably lost money wagering on games that involved SEC teams..

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

I'm not a huge fan of the ESECPN hype but the comments by Stoops and Neuheisel (especially has been, never was Neuheisel) are simply ridiculous!

litterbug
litterbug

Tell Neuheisel to go get his UCLA team and let them play Georgia,Alabama,Auburn,South Carolina and Florida and then find out his opinion of playing ONLY these kind of teams all the time. Oh yea, to be fair, we will an Old Miss and Mississippi st.-then- they can play Samford and see if they can beat them???

DrPhill
DrPhill

The pirate, Slive, is a genius at increasing his personal wealth and fleecing his pesants.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Terry1961 

Shouldn't we see what the teams are like in 2014 before comparing SoS's?  This time last year Florida would have been rated as a very tough game and Auburn as easy.  Didn't work that way when all was said and done.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@ARdawg They know who owns college football and they take it as an affront to their manhood.  Stoops got lucky.  Bama was sleep walking and his QB had the game of his career.  If they played again, I guarantee a different result.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@HotDawg 1983 and he was the losing QB.  lol.  Charlie Dean had a pick 6 off Neuheisel to ice the game.  Smack.

Terry1961
Terry1961

HotDawg, It was opening day of 1983 #20 UCLA loss to #15 Georgia 19-8, UCLA stayed unranked the rest of that season, and it was Neuheisel senior season at QB, so yes, he probable does have a bad taste in his mouth, when it comes to Georgia, seeing as how they helped ruin his senior year.

MesaDawg
MesaDawg

@HotDawg I was thinking the same thing and he was the QB when UCLA came to GA and lost. Was close game and came down to the final minutes of the game.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Rick_James @GTBob

Indeed he would like to see it disappear. That way, he wouldn't have to keep pretending it doesn't matter.

Terry1961
Terry1961

PaulinNH, I don’t see Neuheisel waiting, and mine come from a better source than his.

HotDawg
HotDawg

DawginCo....

I should have remembered. I was there.

So many victories filling up what's left of memory space! Lol

Remember lots of rain that night.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Terry1961 

His SR year was ruined so badly that he managed to lead his team to a conference championship and a victory in the Rose Bowl. Oh yea - with a final ranking of 17.

Terry1961
Terry1961

PaulinNH, They were 7-4-1 at the end of the year, but you’re probably a Tech Fan, and to you that’s a great year. LOL

HotDawg
HotDawg

Paulin.....Ok Google boy.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Paulin.....just makes the Georgia victory over ucla more sweet.

Shove your hate where the sun don't shine.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@PaulinNH @Terry1961  Exactly.  If they'd beaten Georgia they might have been in the National Championship equation.  That Georgia team had nothing offensively.  They shutdown UCLA.  They lost to Nebraska a couple of game later.  Both games were their lowest output on offense.  But only georgia held them without a TD. 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@HotDawg 

Hate?  Pointing out that Neuheisel had an OK SR season and that UCLA ended up ranked?  Looks like someone has anger issues.