UT/AU, AU/UF, VU/Bama, LSU/UK....These rivalries are crippled because of the new SEC rotation.
What if, instead of two divisions, the conference had three?
- GeorgiaSouth Carolina
- ArkansasLouisiana State
- MississippiMississippi State
Divisional round-robins with each team having three constant rivals from the other divisions:
- Auburn - Bama/MSU/UTFlorida - UK/LSU/MSU
- Georgia - UK/UM/UTSouth Carolina - Ark/UM/VU
- Alabama - AU/LSU/MSUKentucky - UF/UGA/LSU
- Tennessee - Ark/AU/UGAVanderbilt - Ark/UM/USC
- Arkansas - USC/UT/VULouisiana State - Bama/UF/UK
- Mississippi - UGA/USC/VUMississippi State - Bama/AU/UF
Top two division winners play for the SEC title. If there is a tie for the 2nd and 3rd division winner, any number of tie-breakers can be used (head to head, division head to head, record vs. opposing division, record vs. common opponents, combined opponents' SEC record, etc).
With this line-up, all should-be constant rivalries are preserved, and most of the traditional rivalries are preserved.
SEC, go to three!
(You too, ACC!)
I do, however, see no real way the Big XII could do it. The only way it would make much sense to me (given that state lines are not broken by divisional lines) is:
- ColoradoIowa State
- KansasKansas State
- OklahomaOklahoma State
|South (or LoneStar) Division|
- Texas A&MTexas Tech
The North Division, though contiguous, is truly warped. I doubt this would work.