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May 31, 2007
No easy road to a title in the ultra-tough SEC
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Every year the Southeastern Conference boasts that it's the strongest league in college football, and a look at the schedules explains why.
Just try to set up a soft schedule. With so many good teams in the SEC, it just cannot be done.
Take LSU, for instance. The Tigers will play a gauntlet of highly ranked teams that includes Virginia Tech, Florida, Auburn, South Carolina and Arkansas.
Yet a compelling argument could be made that only represents the league's eighth toughest schedule - largely because it is as friendly as it is fierce.
The Tigers will face the above-mentioned teams in Baton Rouge, and before and after every one of those games is an inferior opponent that's coming off a losing season or was severely beaten by the Tigers in 2006.
Of course, that doesn't guarantee a championship for the Tigers. In the SEC, almost all the teams are in similar predicaments.
Olin Buchanan is the senior college football writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.