The Pacific 12 Conference finally acquiesced this week and decided to play as “rigorous” a slate of non-conference games as the SEC. In fact, Southern Cal and Utah will both be sharing the same exact opponent this week as Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. It’s their off week, no games scheduled for them.
The Pac 12 is otherwise in conference play while LSU is playing an even easier opponent than idleness facing Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State or Vandy. The Bayou Bengals are taking on, uh, Towson. A 6-3 win ought to spring them back past Oregon (at Washington State this week) into No. 2 in the AP poll. SEC newcomer Missouri is at Central Florida. Otherwise, the SEC games are all conference counters.