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Sam McKewon @swmckewonOWH
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More good stuff here from @NicoleAuerbach. It's becoming more clear that expansion is on the table but, even before that, the committee is going to have to be more transparent and consistent with its thinking.
In talking to Big Ten coaches and others, there's a general sense that the SEC has gamed the system with "big game September" that nullifies the lack of a 9th conference game and the junky FCS opponents that crop up in November. Simply put, the committee doesn't care by then.
The other thing with playing FCS teams late in the season: They're beat up, like any team would be, and often more focused on the ends of their seasons/preparing for playoffs than some SEC one-off.
The committee doesn't adjust for it because its opinion is already set by then.

Of course, a team like Washington doesn't help its league or itself by agreeing to a game in Atlanta against Auburn.

Power Five teams have to stop acting like Group of 5 teams.
SEC also benefits from a constant "well they don't care" drumbeat that permeates every bowl loss. Recruiting rankings fuel that. If the more talented team loses a bowl game, it's not a reflection of the team's caliber, only its motivation.
2012 Georgia, for example, cared and thus beat Nebraska in the Cap One Bowl.

2013 Georgia lost to Nebraska in the TaxSlayer Bowl and thus did not care.
Auburn last year did not care because it lost to UCF. I mean, never mind that it rattled off 14 straight points in the second half - which would be a sign of caring - Auburn did not care.
Over time, these narratives have become a kind of accepted fact. SEC is perpetually better because recruiting rankings and NFL Draft says so. SEC wins when it wants to, loses when it cares to, and ends up getting four teams in NY6 bowls - when the Pac-12 gets one - because of it.
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