Originally Posted by atlsteelers
The question was why wont most SEC teams travel to the northern states to play?
From a Georgia fan - there is nothing to gain from it. We have the best overall conference. We make more money than any other conference. We have won more BCS titles than any other conference. Georgia is already playing a schedule with over 50% of its oppenents ranked in the top 25. Why bother. With the conference championship we generally play 3 top 10 games a year - not including the bowl game.
"Why travel down to Georgia, Florida, LSU, Arkansas, Alabama, etc when none of them will return the favor and come up to Columbus and play? It's only fair."
Who cares if its fair. Is it fair that the Big 10 refuses to take part in a college playoff? Is it fair that OSU played in the tilte game without beating a SINGLE team in the AP top 15? Is it fair that the SEC and Big 12 have conference champiohsip games and the Big 10 doesn't?
A lot of the conference's money comes from those championship games. It's not the Big 10's fault that the SEC, Big 12, and ACC have decided to go for the big bucks and expand large enough to do a conference championship game. That choice came down to the schools and the conferences that have them. That is not about fairness, that's about the choice to expand enough and have one or the choice not to.
The home-and-home fairness is the fact that Ohio State spends a good chunk of their budget sending the team to another school to play OOC and Ohio State sees very little proceeds from that trip. Therefore, the team the play makes a trip to Columbus where Ohio State gets most of the proceeds from that game, kind of recouping the loss from going to the other school.
Florida had no problem whatsoever playing tOSU OOC, but they wouldn't return the favor and come to Columbus for the game.