The SEC has solved its years-long football scheduling drama by deciding to stick with its current eight-game conference format, but with a new twist.
Starting in 2016, every school will have to play at least one out-of-conference game against another power-conference team. This normalizes one off-kilter factor of conference scheduling: several teams (Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina) have annual rivalries against ACC schools, but most don't.
And since most SEC teams aren't famed for taking on unnecessary challenges out of conference, many have noted that the weaker teams in the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, and Pac-12 are about to start fielding a whole bunch of phone calls.
Therefore, the list of schools that certain risk-averse SEC schools should contact, in order, according to the latest Football Study Hall four-year F/+ rankings (which measures general program strength over multiple seasons):