Published by dan on Nov 28, 2012
With the 2012 SEC regular season now complete, let’s explore how the two-team expansion gave scheduling a major role in each team’s success or failure.
The SEC's 14 teams can be split into the top 6 and the rest. The top 6 are Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, LSU, and Texas A&M. They were a perfect 30-0 vs the rest.
|East Division||Overall||Top 6||The Rest|
Georgia and Alabama avoided playing the other division's top 3 teams, helping them win their division. This was possible with a 12-team conference, but it's more likely with 14-teams because the inter-divisional games have dropped from 3 to 2. Here's a look at these games for 2012 and 2013:
|Florida||at Texas A&M, vs LSU||vs Arkansas, at LSU|
|Georgia||vs Mississippi, at Auburn||vs LSU, at Auburn|
|Kentucky||vs Mississippi State, vs Arkansas||vs Alabama, at Mississippi State|
|Missouri||vs Alabama, at Texas A&M||at Mississippi, vs Texas A&M|
|South Carolina||at LSU, vs Arkansas||at Arkansas, vs Mississippi State|
|Tennessee||at Mississippi State, vs Alabama||at Alabama, vs Auburn|
|Vanderbilt||vs Auburn, at Mississippi||vs Mississippi, at Texas A&M|
|Alabama||at Tennessee, at Missouri||at Kentucky, vs Tennessee|
|Arkansas||vs Kentucky, at South Carolina||at Florida, vs South Carolina|
|Auburn||at Vanderbilt, vs Georgia||at Tennessee, vs Georgia|
|LSU||at Florida, vs South Carolina||at Georgia, vs Florida|
|Mississippi||at Georgia, vs Vanderbilt||at Vanderbilt, vs Missouri|
|Mississippi State||at Kentucky, vs Tennessee||vs Kentucky, at South Carolina|
|Texas A&M||vs Florida, at Missouri||vs Vanderbilt, at Missouri|
A red box indicates playing two of the other division's top 3 or playing a top 3 team on the road. A green box indicates not playing a top 3.
Unless the SEC adds more conference games, champions will continue to be determined by who didn't play who, but college football thrives on controversy, so why fix it?
Hope your cross-division rival sucks!