I’m getting a headache and it has nothing to do with staying up too late to watch the Braves crumble or trying to cram in five days of work into four since we’re traveling Friday.
Instead, it’s because I have been reading a lot of blogs about Texas A&M’s SEC schedule next year.
Apparently, we’re heading for a different kind of chaos if A&M comes to the SEC and nobody comes with them. That could very well happen, even if it’s only for a year.
My friend Clay Travis at outkickthecoverage.com swears that it’s mathematically impossible for the SEC West teams to play everybody in the West and still have everybody play an eight-game conference schedule.
Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News wrote this week that it is possible and outlined how it would work. But several of his readers pointed out that “NCAA Bylaw 22.214.171.124-c that requires ‘round-robin’ regular-season competition, though, could require two additional West games, resulting in an unbalanced total (i.e., four teams in the West playing nine SEC games.)” Otherwise, no SEC Championship Game.
Crazy, huh? Everything I’ve read has Florida being one of the East teams playing A&M and, as a result, not starting the home-and-home with Ole Miss which is next on the rotation.
So it appears the SEC has several options:
1. Have an unbalanced schedule where some teams play one more game than the others.
2. Eliminate divisions and have a 13-team league.
3. Get that NCAA by-law amended.
4. Add a 14th team before next season.
Which way do you think the league will go?