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Big 12/SEC Challenge schedule proves it’s not a ‘challenge’

Aug 13, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

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The schedule for the Big 12/SEC Challenge, including tip times and the channels they will be broadcast on, was released on Tuesday afternoon.

It looks like this (all times eastern):

Nov. 14 (Thu): Texas Tech at Alabama, 9 p.m., ESPN2
Dec. 2 (Mon): Auburn at Iowa State, 7 p.m., ESPNU
Dec. 2 (Mon): Vanderbilt at Texas, 9 p.m., ESPN2
Dec. 5 (Thu): West Virginia at Missouri, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Dec. 5 (Thu): TCU at Mississippi State, 7 p.m., ESPNU
Dec. 5 (Thu): Ole Miss at Kansas State, 9 p.m., ESPN2
Dec. 6 (Fri): South Carolina at Oklahoma State, 9:30 p.m., ESPNU
Dec. 6 (Fri): Kentucky vs. Baylor (Arlington), 10 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 10 (Tue): Kansas at Florida, 7 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 21 (Sat: Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M (Houston), 7 p.m., ESPNU

This isn’t a conference challenge.

I’m just going to go ahead and say that right now.

The ACC and the Big Ten have a conference challenge: 12 games played on back-to-back nights. This? This is 10 games spread out over the course of five weeks. By the time the best game of the “challenge” is played — Kansas at Florida on Dec. 10th — no one is going to know or care that this is a thing.

We might as well just call this what it is: scheduling aid.

  1. lastdukestreetking - Aug 13, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    ESPN makes the schedule.

  2. frug - Aug 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    The reason it is so spread out is because this season is a mix of previously scheduled contests and games created just for the challenge. If you look at the schedule, 7 of the 10 games are played over a four day period, and 8 of the 10 over an eight day stretch. It’s just 2 outliers (Tech/’Bama and Oklahoma/A&M) that make the thing seem more stretched out than it really is.

    If the Big XII and SEC decide to continue this challenge I suspect that in future seasons the games will be more tightly scheduled.

    • frug - Aug 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      I’ll add that starting next year I would guess that the Big 10/ACC challenge will spread the games across at least one more day. When the challenge was founded it was 9 games, next year it will be 14.

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