SEC Approves Games Against BYU and Army for Requirement
The SEC will require league members to play at least one nonconference Power 5 team, starting in 2016. While Notre Dame has always been included in this category, the SEC has made the decision to include games against BYU and Army to count towards this requirement as well. Along with ACC, the SEC is the only Power 5 league that requires members to play at least one nonconference Power 5 opponent. However, ACC has not chosen to allow Army games to count toward their requirement, sources say. The ACC’s requirement will not be put into practice until 2017.
One reason for the change in philosophy of the SEC, was that there will be less opportunities outside of the league. This is because three of the four remaining Power 5 leagues will begin to play nine conference games, or already do. The ACC has five games each year against Notre Dame, and eight games in addition to these. At this time, there are no SEC teams with any future games scheduled against Army, but three of them (Missouri, Mississippi State and LSU) have games scheduled against BYU between 2015 and 2020. Georgia will be playing Notre Dame in 2017 and 2019