Also, with 7 SEC games, SEC teams will have the opportunity to schedule 5 OOC games, helping the SEC to avoid beating each other up too badly and opening the door to schedule stronger OOC opponents, which I would really enjoy as a college football fan.
The first year this was in place here is what the "interesting OOC Schedule" would be:
1) LSU's 5 non-conference games would be against:
-A new neutral site game in exotic Memphis against Wake Forest (this would be our marquee non-conference game)
-4 home games against Nicholls, Appalachian State, North Texas and Montana (Montana because Rice backed out of a game at the last minute)
2) Alabama's 5 non-conference games would be against:
-Minnesota Golden Gophers in a new neutral site game in Charlotte (this would be thier marquee neutral site game because both teams are "historical")
-4 home games against Western Carolina, Western Alabama, Western Kentucky and The Citadel
Yeah, I am sure going down to 7 SEC games will really cause the SEC to schedule more "interesting" OOC games.