SEC Football Scheduling: 6-1-1 Model Not Unanimously Popular

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 09: Head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers watches the action during the game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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.

Of course, there's also the possibility of just expanding to nine games, which feels like it will happen at some point.

And this last one was definitely proposed by a West division coach, right?

While we’re here, let’s watch some college football videos from SB Nation’s new YouTube channel together:

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