On Monday, we lamented Vanderbilt's cupcake-filled non-conference schedule and then justified the team's slate by comparing it to their rivals in the SEC East. It turns out that the West may have the biggest bakeries in the league.
Alabama, Mississippi State, and Texas A&M all have schedules that should give them a four-game head start to bowl eligibility. Other teams like LSU, Ole Miss, and Auburn will face off against top 40 opponents before fading back to handle their business against the Louisiana-Monroes and Idahos of the college football world. Of these seven teams, only four would meet the league's upcoming requirement that every team schedule at least one team from a major conference in their non-SEC travails.
With wins at a premium and plenty of FBS programs who are willing to cash a fat paycheck in exchange for a humbling loss, teams in the West have stocked up their shooting ranges with plenty of slow-moving targets. Here's a brief look at the few high points and many lows of the SEC West's out-of-conference scheduling for 2014: