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For 3rd time in 4 years, SEC has more games vs. FCS foes than any other Power Five league

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For the third time in four seasons, the SEC has the ignominious distinction of being the Power Five conference with the most games against FCS opponents. The SEC has 14 such games, with each league member playing one.

The SEC also had the most in 2014 and ’16 (tied with the ACC). In addition, this is the sixth season in a row SEC schools have at least 13 games against FCS opponents.

In addition, while SEC teams play the second-most non-conference games against other Power Five opponents (16), that is just 28.6 percent of the league’s non-conference contests. That is the second-lowest percentage among Power Five conferences, ahead of only the Pac-12.

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Here’s a closer look at the Power Five’s non-conference contests. (One thing: While Notre Dame isn’t a member of a P-5 conference, we are including the Irish when we talk about the Power Five.) One interesting aspect is that Power Five schools are playing 44 games against FCS opponents; that’s the fewest since 2007.

ACC

• League teams have 13 games against FCS opponents. Every ACC team has one such game except Boston College.
• League teams play 56 non-conference games, with 22 of those against Power Five opponents (39.3 percent). Every ACC team has at least one P5 foe, and Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Pitt have two each.
• League teams play 21 non-conference road or neutral-site games, including eight against non-Power Five opponents. BC has two games against non-Power Fives.
• Notre Dame, which is part of the ACC’s bowl partnerships, has no games against FCS opponents and has no road games against non-Power Five opponents.

BIG TEN

• League teams have two games against FCS opponents. Maryland and Rutgers are the only teams with FCS foes.
• League teams play 42 non-conference games, with 13 of those against Power Five opponents (31 percent). Purdue has two, and Illinois and Wisconsin don’t have any.
• League teams play 10 non-conference road or neutral-site games, including two against non-Power Five opponents. Illinois and Wisconsin are the teams that play non-Power Fives on the road.
• Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers don’t have any road or neutral-site non-conference games.

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BIG 12

• League teams have seven games against FCS opponents. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas are the conference schools without an FCS foe.
• League teams play 30 non-conference games, with 10 of those against Power Five opponents (33.3 percent). Kansas has none, and Texas has two.
• League teams play 11 non-conference road or neutral-site games, including four against non-Power Five opponents.
• One scheduling item worth noting for Baylor: This is the first time in eight seasons that the Bears have a regular-season non-conference game against another Power Five opponent. Baylor plays at Duke this season.

PAC-12

• League teams have eight games against FCS opponents. Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA and USC are the conference schools without an FCS foe.
• League teams play 36 non-conference games, with 10 of those against Power Five opponents (27.8 percent). California and USC play two each; Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Washington State have zero.
• League teams play 12 non-conference road or neutral-site games, including seven against non-Power Five opponents. Stanford has two such games against non-Power Fives.
• Arizona should hang its head in shame: This is the fifth season in a row the Wildcats have zero non-conference games against Power Five foes.
• Washington State is the only league team without a non-conference road or neutral-site game.

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SEC

• League teams have 14 games against FCS opponents. Each SEC team plays one FCS foe.
• League teams play 56 non-conference games, with 16 of those against Power Five opponents (28.6 percent). Mississippi State has none, while Florida, Georgia and South Carolina each have two.
• League teams play 14 non-conference road or neutral-site games, including three against non-Power Five opponents.
• Mississippi State deserves a “tsk, tsk” for its non-conference schedule: This is the seventh time in eight seasons Mississippi State isn’t playing a Power Five non-conference foe.
• Arkansas is the only team in the league without a non-conference neutral-site or road game. The Razorbacks do play FCS member Florida A&M in Little Rock, but we’re not counting that as a neutral site.

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