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SEC official: 'We're not going to nine' games

Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:22 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Mike Slive and the SEC have stated (on multiple occasions) that the league's 2012 schedule is a stopgap solution before more permanent answers to the questions of cross-divisional rivalries and rotations are established in 2013. But according to conference official Larry Templeton, there's one thing that won't change in the schedule between 2012 and 2013: the number of games in it.

Templeton, chair of the SEC's transition team, confirmed to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at Missouri Monday that the conference will not be considering moving to a nine-game schedule in 2013 ... or ever.

"We're not going to nine," he said. "The competitiveness in our league week-to-week is just too strong. It would be an easier scheduling format, but I don't think it would be fair to our players or our coaches."

In November, South Carolina president Harris Pastides said the league planned to move to a nine-game slate, but that claim was quickly shot down by the league and Slive himself, who said in December he didn't "sense any interest" from member schools in adding an additional league game.

Assuming the SEC sticks with Templeton's assertion that a nine-game schedule is off the table, the league faces a difficult catch-22. With six of the eight games already guaranteed to be divisional games (thanks to the 14-team expansion and seven teams in each division), only two will be devoted to cross-divisional contests. Make one of those a permanent cross-divisional rival and rotate through home-and-home series in the last remaining slot, and non-rival teams in opposite divisions will play each other just twice in a span of 12 years. Give both slots over to rotations, and suddenly some the bedrock rivalries of the league -- Auburn-Georgia and Alabama-Tennessee, to name the two most prominent -- are no longer annual affairs.

"That is a huge question that has not been answered ... It will be an interesting debate," Templeton said. "I think anything else is on the table for discussion. We're going to have to make some tough decisions. Are we going to stay with the permanent opponent, and then how are we going to rotate that one other game?"

One possible solution would be for some teams (like the Tide and Vols, or Tigers and Bulldogs) to keep their permanent cross-division rival while the others have both their East-West games rotate. But that could prove unnecessarily complicated, and would still force those teams with permanent rivals to see opposite-division teams exceedingly rarely. 

Of course, there are some positives to sticking with an eight-game schedule; teams with annual nonconference rivalries like South Carolina (with Clemson) or Florida (with Florida State) will find it much easier to maintain those with four non-league games available, and the capacity to schedule an extra "paycheck game" will greatly aid the league's lower-rung teams in reaching bowl eligibility. 

But already, many SEC fans would say the conference's traditional powers -- say, Alabama and Florida, or LSU and Georgia, or old rivals Auburn and Tennessee -- don't play often enough. The most likely outcome of an eight-game schedule is that games between those teams would become even more scarce. Expansion may boost the league's bottom line if its forthcoming post-14-team TV negotiations prove fruitful, but it will still come at a price, and games like this past two season's showdowns between the Tide and Gators look like they'll going to be that price.

HT: Get the Picture. 

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Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:47 am
 

SEC official: 'We're not going to nine' games

I agree with everyone else thus far, why would they switch to 9 games?  If they gave up 1 cupcake that would likely mean 1 or 2 fewer teams bowl eligible every year and likely restore some balance to the conference between the haves and have-nots since every once in a while an Old Maid or Iowa State can upset the seeming #1 team.  Nope......not surprised at all and with the media love they get for playing the super tough schedule of 3-4 cupcakes OOC, 3-4 losers in conference every year for the most part, why should they?  Until someone fixes the system, they have no reason to change as they manipulate the existing system better than anyone.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:46 am
 

SEC official: 'We're not going to nine' games

I agree with everyone else thus far, why would they switch to 9 games?  If they gave up 1 cupcake that would likely mean 1 or 2 fewer teams bowl eligible every year and likely restore some balance to the conference between the haves and have-nots since every once in a while an Old Maid or Iowa State can upset the seeming #1 team.  Nope......not surprised at all and with the media love they get for playing the super tough schedule of 3-4 cupcakes OOC, 3-4 losers in conference every year for the most part, why should they?  Until someone fixes the system, they have no reason to change as they manipulate the existing system better than anyone.



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:43 am
 

SEC official: 'We're not going to nine' games

SEC 23-1 against the FCS, Sunbelt and the MWC,yep those are cupcakes. Florida won't even play an out-of-state OOC game. Of course you guys continue to ignore those facts
And I guess Rice, BYU, and UCLA were just loaded up with danger for Texas in 2011? ROFLMAO

Last year it was Rice, Wyoming, and Florida Atlantic.

In 2009 it was LA-Monroe, Wyoming, and UTEP LOL.

2008? The frightening trio of Florida Atlantic, UTEP, and RICE (of course all at home).

You have to go all the way back 2007 to find a semi-challenge for the Longhorns OOC ... when they faced down the long football tradition of ... Central Florida! LOL

In 2006 they DID host Ohio State in Austin, and got embarrassed 24-7. Maybe that is why Texas retreated from ANY further chance at losing an OOC game for the next several years.

The much vaunted OK State, played nothing but cupcakes OOC too ... not even one challenging opponent in 2011.

When Texas plays a Penn State or even Oregon OOC, we'll take you seriously. Until then you're just another in the long string of ignorant trolls.

  



Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:31 pm
 

SEC official: 'We're not going to nine' games

SEC 23-1 against the FCS, Sunbelt and the MWC,yep those are cupcakes. Florida won't even play an out-of-state OOC game. Of course you guys continue to ignore those facts.<br />




Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:12 pm
 

SEC official: 'We're not going to nine' games

   Like fla,tenn,playing lsu and ala back to back lets see fla 2 nt tenn 1 nt how many has your team got.ark playing both,then some teams playing 1 contender a year and they gripe about paties lmao.You better get it through your head that you need more than a breeze for a defence and good luck to win a nt,great defence always wins. they have been trying the poor mans offence (spead)for years it will win a lot of games and run up a big score but will not defeat good defences it`s hard when qb is sacked 3 to 5 times and hit 20 and a lot of hurries its sad to me that they put these great qb`s in that position in a big game then bash them for getting happy feet thats what happens over and over.then talk about paties yea.
    
 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:05 pm
 

SEC official: 'We're not going to nine' games

pfffft - 9 games.   SEC would never do that; too many schools like Ga Southern to put on their schedule so they can keep 8 home games and keep the rev'new comin' in....   Adding one more conference game would prob knock out one or two of their 6-6 teams so they wouldn't be able to meet their their 9 Bowl Game committment if they couldn't schedule more patsies...



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:23 pm
 

SEC official: 'We're not going to nine' games

we like to watch games, the more the marrier. they are young,they wont get hurt. most are not student anyway, so it wont hurt their .grades. i thnk there should be more emphses on not playing cupcakes most of thosegames are won by over 40 points, whar is the fun in that for the views. we the viewers are wharis providing that big money from the tv networks. paying those cupcakes is like cheating.



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:10 pm
 

SEC official: 'We're not going to nine' games

The SEC "feasts on cupcakes"? Do your homework. In the just the last 3 seasons the SEC has won 17 OOC games against teams that went on to finish their seasons ranked in the final polls. That's FAR more than any other conference.




Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:39 pm
 

SEC official: 'We're not going to nine' games

The SEC is at top of the list in playing FCS. 12 games last season and it amazes me how their fans continually ignore those games and those played against the SunBelt teams. It's evidently a good plan because the media largely ignores the way the SEC feasts on the cupcakes. One fewer game against an AQ opponent reduces the risk of a loss and gives them an additional home game. Bravo.<br />




Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:35 pm
 

SEC official: 'We're not going to nine' games

As long as the SEC doesn't disturb the great A&M vs Mizzou rivalry, I'm good.


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