Written By Sammy Jacobs (@sammyj108)
Hoosier fans get it. They understand that Indiana is one of the “Big 5” Conference schools that SEC members should be lining up to call in order to fill the new scheduling need. The new South Eastern Conference scheduling rules state that member schools must play at least on school from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, or Pac-12.
Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports fired the first shots with a tweet saying “Don’t everyone call Indiana all at once, SEC schools”. Hoosier Nation, especially, Head Coach Kevin Wilson took exception to those remarks and responded by tweeting out the IU Athletic Department phone number. So it seems that Wilson is welcoming the challenge. The Hoosiers already have an SEC team on the schedule. The Hoosiers played Missouri in Bloomington in 2013 and will travel to Columbia to face the Tigers in 2014.
While it is great to see Wilson and IU fans stand up for their football program the last thing the Hoosiers need is to schedule one of the big boys (Alabama, Auburn, LSU, A&M, etc.) on the road and get rolled. The Hoosiers need to build up their program before they go challenging the best of the best. However, Indiana should absolutely take on an SEC foe yearly, just let it be a team like Kentucky (I have been a huge advocate to renew this series) or Vanderbilt who are two teams around the same level as the Hoosiers. Additionally, do people really think top tier SEC teams have the guts to come up north and play a true road game? Doubtful, even if the trip is to Bloomington. No LSU, playing Wisconsin at Lambeau Field doesn't count.