Recently, a Big 12 official remarked that one of his SEC associates warned him of the dangers in expanding beyond 12 teams. Before Missouri and Texas A&M even take the field in the SEC, the conference has spent much of its offseason trying to figure out how to wrangle 14 teams into eight weeks of league action, all while ensuring everybody sees each other regularly and two-and-a-half special rivalries get preserved.
Tennessee-Alabama and Auburn-Georgia are cross-division events that must be protected, while Florida-LSU is beloved by fans but lamented by, well, Les Miles, who doesn't like that Mississippi State gets to play Kentucky and wonders what Florida and LSU have in common geographically anyway.
(Still feel Bill Connelly solved the entire dilemma like three months ago.)
Miles does seem to be the primary antagonist here, not that he doesn't have a very good case against the system, which requires his Tigers to play Alabama, Auburn and Florida every year.
Les Miles says SEC coaches are generally against 6-1-1 schedule model. Mark Richt says that's not necessarily the case.— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) May 30, 2012
Of course, there's also the possibility of just expanding to nine games, which feels like it will happen at some point.
Richt also thinks a 6-1-1 scheduling model will eventually pass. But coaches had plenty of discussion, some favor 6-2-2 or even 9 games.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) May 30, 2012
And this last one was definitely proposed by a West division coach, right?
1 SEC coaches proposal: 5 games vs division foes, 3 vs other division. Can't happen: must play all division foes to hold conf title game— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyCBS) May 30, 2012
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