Sunday, June 24, 2012

Writer: Split SEC into North and South divisions

Collins: Great divide in SEC
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Taunts lobbed at fans of math-challenged conferences can now be returned with an "F" in geography pinned to the SEC.

But it doesn't have to be that way, not when there's a simple answer to the problem that suddenly has landed a Florida program which has one all-time meeting with Missouri — in a mid '60s Sugar Bowl — onto the Tigers' schedule in perpetuity.

The answer?

Exchange East and West divisions for North and South.
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Count me as a "NO" vote on this idea. The putative SEC South would consist of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State and Texas A&M. The SEC North would host the other seven, including Mississippi State, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. The South schedule would be an even tougher meat grinder than the current SEC West and the North schedule would be an even easier cakewalk for its strongest contender.

The geography of the current SEC isn't that bad. It's also competitively balanced, even though the SEC West is a stronger group than the East. Things are cyclical, too. The SEC East has produced National Champions in Tennessee and Florida. The west has produced champions in Alabama, Auburn and LSU.

If the geography nazis are really that upset, why not just change the division names? SEC Red and SEC Blue. SEC White and SEC Red. Whatever, but don't upset the competitive balance in the country's premier football conference.

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