I was thinking more along the lines what he did at Auburn in 2002. Or the job he did with Casey Dick in 2008.
And to be fair, most SEC teams DID have at least one game against a AQ conference, with the only exception being the Mississippi schools. I think that the SEC though, could always look into scheduling a quality Non-AQ or a lower tier AQ opponent instead of Sun Belt teams. Some FCS games are contractually obligated; Arizona and ASU are both obligated to play Northern Arizona in alternating years. I forget who set it up, but it could actually be a state law to generate revenue for NAU's program.
Agree on the schedule thing. It would be nice to see quality games early in the season. Auburn will be playing Washington St in 2013. We are going to murder them. Im ok with them playing Northern Arizona, keeping money in state is a good idea. But it cost ASU a bowl game this year because they had more than one win against the FSC.
I will observe though, that Petrino has never had a high-profile QB to the best of my knowledge. He had Chris Redman as a 3rd round pick, which almost always is a bust at QB. He has developed into a capable backup though. Are we seriously going to refer to all of his QB's as busts when he's never had a 1st round QB? Mallett is the highest profile QB who is largely defined by the Petrino offense. Jason Campbell was probably a higher draft pick, but Petrino only spent a single season there; too little to refer to Campbell as a Petrino product.
And, since I know that this argument spawned from the quality of teams Locker's played, let's look at the total defense stats of UW's 2010 opponents. Including all of our OoC foes, you'll see 7 teams we played within the top 36 in the country.