A four-division future for the SEC? Doubt it


Published: Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 1:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 1:54 p.m.

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The Summer of Speculation rolls on with all kinds of people weighing in on what college football will look like once the Big Ten makes its move. Of course, I've had people tell me the Big Ten may not make any move and the Pac-10 may stay right where it is, which would mean this is all much ado about nothing.

There is one thing that has been floated that I don't see.

One scenario has the Big Ten going to 16 teams and splitting into four four-team divisions with a semifinal playoff and a championship game. OK, I can buy that.

But another scenario has the SEC doing the same thing.

Not in this conference.

Imagine four four-team divisions in the SEC. Add any four teams — Texas, Texas A&M, FSU and Clemson is the one most commonly floated out there.

Divide them up any way you want.

Now let's say one of those divisions includes four teams that aren't having good seasons. We all know this can happen. Let's say you have a division that includes Tennessee, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Clemson. And all four are struggling. And we get to December for the playoffs and the best any of those teams has been able to do is 3-5 in the conference. And they are going to the playoffs.

Nope, don't see it.

Sure, it would leave some intrigue down the stretch, as these teams battle it out to see who would go to the semifinals. But this conference is too good, too competitive to allow a team with a losing conference record have a chance to win the league crown.

If this conference does go to 16 teams, it will stay with two divisions.

But it's all speculation right now, isn't it?

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