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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A proposal for altering the SEC football schedule

with this year's schedule an admittedly one-off and future schedules to be built from scratch, here's a proposal that helps rotate teams in and out on a regular basis AND preserves historic matchups.

The only reason we keep divisions in college football is NCAA bylaw 17.9.5.2 (c), which mandates having divisions with round-robin play as a requirement for having a conference championship game. But if we wanted to do it differently, do we not have enough clout to force a change in the wording to allow it? Could we not just do what we want, give the NCAA the bird and see if they'll do something about it? It's not like they'll punish themselves by restricting their largest revenue maker and dominant force on the scene. Especially when we've shown a willingness to section off from them and quit letting them have a piece of our pie back in the late 70s/early 80s in the lawsuit that got this gravy train of money started.

So, in an effort to keep the desired 8 game schedule, plus the traditional rivalries, all while also playing the remaining members of the conference on a somewhat regular basis, we are proposing the following as the new SEC football scheduling template.
Each team will play 4 games yearly, on a home/away (or in the Cocktail Party's case, neutral site with h/a designations for uniforms), and rotate 4 other schools to complete their 8 game schedule. Of those rotating games, they will be done home/away, away/home, with 2 on and 2 off every year. This can accomodate a 14, or perhaps an eventual 16, team conference, and still keep the 8 game schedule. To determine SEC Championship game participants, you take the top 2 overall records and play them in Atlanta. In the event of a tie between 2nd and 3rd, you
d go first to a head to head matchup as a tiebreaker. If they didn't play, or you have more than 2 teams tied for 2nd (or perhaps a 3-4 team tie for 1st), you take the highest rated school according to the BCS rankings.

Each school's 4 permanent opponents would be (yes, you lose 1 or 2 currently significant annual games, and start a few currently meaningless ones, but bracketing every team with 4 caused sacrifices in favor of the greater good):
Alabama-Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee
Arkansas-LSU, Missouri, Mississippi St, Texas A&M
Auburn-Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi St, Texas A&M
Florida-Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Georgia-Auburn, Florida, Missouri, South Carolina
Kentucky-Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
LSU-Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Texas A&M
Mississippi St-Auburn, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt
Missouri-Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas A&M
Ole Miss-Alabama, LSU, Mississippi St, Vanderbilt
South Carolina-Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee
Tennessee-Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina
Texas A&M-Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Missouri
Vanderbilt-Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi St, Ole Miss

1 comment:

  1. It's not really the SEC that needs to change so much as the REST of college football.

    SEC should stick with the current division/championship game format, but move to a 9-game SEC schedule.

    The rest of college football plays out their regular seasons, culminating in a plus-1 version of the BCS, with all teams in college football eligible to compete in that BCS model, EXCEPT the teams that play in the SECCG.

    Once the BCS is played out, then the we play the SECCG, with the winner of the SECCG going on to play the winner of the BCS for the National Championship.

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