In a recent ESPN article, Edward Aschoff makes his case that SECshould abolish divisions, and he is right.
The conference has an opportunity to take the organizational lead again in college football after Mike Slive’s brilliant moves of a decade ago. Current league scheduling and divisions membership makes little sense, as Aschoff points out:
For starters, yes, it makes no sense to have Missouri in the East. Secondly, this is a great way to make sure that traditional rivalries are preserved and respected.
I love traditional division rivalries so much that I think the league is bleeding real conference rivalries dry with its silly format. Nine conference games aside, the 6-1-1 conference scheduling model (one permanent and one rotating opponent in the opposite division) does no one any favors. It’s bad for the players, bad for the fans and really leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to league play.
Without divisions, Florida could keep Georgia, Tennessee and LSU (the current permanent West opponent) on its schedule, and add Auburn. The Tigers could keep Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, and add Florida.
Without divisions, the conference championship game could match the 2 best teams in the conference. Naturally, that arrangement would increase the value of the and would bode well for the league’s inclusion in the College Football Playoff
The time is right for SEC to take the lead, again.