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I was looking at the same thing last Friday... The only problem I see is how much tougher the SEC South would be vs North... ie North only having 2 of the traditional powerhouse teams(alabama & Tenn) vs the south with 4 (Auburn, LSU, Florida, & GA)...
A couple of things to add:
1. Almost surely, bammer would end up back in the South, when we go to 16 teams. I figure Va. Tech has to be in the discussion at some point. That one just makes too much sense. That makes the South even more difficult. Not that VA Tech is a slouch...
2. Southeastern Conference .... 'North and South' conferences? Think someone on a national level is probably going to try and play the race card here. I dont think that way and most people I know dont.. but on a national level, I guarantee you that the ny times of the world are going to play it up as 'here go those grit eaters again'... I think we'd need to come up different nomenclature... maybe something similar to what the ACC did. I'm pretty sure they made the distinctions that they did for the same reason that I'm talking about.
Good look at it hater. I had all the schools on a google map and was also trying to make sense of a north - south breakdown. And you've got laid out about as good as it can be done. But like others have noted, it ends up a bit unbalanced I think.
The main point is the north only having Alabama and Tennessee from the Big 6, but also, they have Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and Ole Miss.
But just as important are the permanent cross division rivals. Right now, with 3 of the Big 6 in each division, they can be paired up evenly. Auburn - Georgia, Alabama - Tennessee, and LSU - Florida are all even matches. But in the North - South layout, Florida ending up with Kentucky gives them a big advantage compared to division rivals Auburn and Georgia, who have face Alabama and Tennessee (and even LSU, who has to face Missouri).
Without a balance to the Big 6, it's hard to make fair cross division rivals.
Another option would be to name the divisions a couple names not related to direction and then just break them up however you want. If we could avoid something like "Leaders and Legends" and not embarrass ourselves, it might be the best option. I haven't given it too much thought, but if we can set up the division without having to worry where they are, we'd have a little more freedom.
Good work though, and I think it shows just what kind of challenge they have in setting things up.
Teams that wear red: alabama, Ark, uga, USC, MSU, TAMU, Ole Miss
Teams that don't wear red: Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, lsu, Vandy, UK, Mizzou.
How's that shake out?
I don't care about geograpical divisions. I do care about equality amongst the Big 6. Three of the Big 6 in each division. Make sure the traditional games are still being played and the annual games are equal. Here are my divisions:
Division A (and one annual games from other division)
All the key games are saved (bama/UT, AU/bama, AU/UGA, UT/UF, UF/UGA, OM/MSU, Arky/A&M/LSU in same division)
Alabama fans love Alabama football
Auburn fans love Auburn University
Okay....two divisions, Connor and Kramer. Martin Connor was the first ever SEC commissioner. It was under Roy Kramer that divisions in college football first occurred. I just picked these, but it could be anything (except something like Bryant and Spurrier).
So anyway, the idea is to be able to divide the teams up with no care of their location. After all, the conference has a relatively small footprint. Consider the ACC...they go from Miami to Boston, from Syracuse, NY to Tallahassee. The Pac-12 covers from Oregon to Arizona, from Washington to LA. Many of the teams in those conferences routinely travel well beyond 1200 to 1500 miles to compete.
No matter how you break up the SEC, the furthest distance between schools is Missouri to Florida and A&M to Carolina, both right at 1000 miles. So it's not unusual and not that crazy....we're just not used to it here in the SEC.
But it's a new day, so let's blow it up and just divide them up and name them whatever we want.
Here's my guess on the divisions and their permanent opponent from the opposite division.
Alabama - Tennessee
Auburn - LSU
Georgia - Florida
Missouri - Arkansas
Miss St - Ole Miss
Kentucky - Vandy
Carolina - Texas A&M
That makes for even / fair cross division opponents, it keeps Auburn vs Georgia, Alabama vs Tennessee, Georgia vs Florida, Tennessee vs Florida, Ole Miss vs Miss St, and creates a decent regional rival in Missouri and Arkansas. Or if you wanted to continue the A&M vs Arkansas rivalry, you could switch Missouri and Carolina.
Anyway, there's my idea. Seraph's saying applies here...it's worth what you paid for it.
This post was edited by jadennis on 10/11/2011 at 10:44 AM
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