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SEC: We have three options for 13-team schedule

Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:08 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

With Missouri locked into the Big 12 for another year, the SEC is in turn all-but-locked into a 13-team schedule for the 2012 football season. But as the league is finding out, scheduling with unbalanced divisions is easier said than done.

Larry Templeton, chair of the conference's "transition committee" for Texas A&M's move to the SEC, told the Birmingham News Friday that the league is considering three "conceptual scheduling options" for a 13-team slate. The "least disruptive" plan would be the have the incoming Aggies play four teams from the West and four teams from the East.

The other options, Templeton said, are for the SEC to play the NCAA-mandated intra-division round-robins -- with West teams playing six divisional games and East teams five -- or to simply assign the Aggies eight games regardless of divisional affiliation.

There's a major issue with the divisional round-robin plan, though. "I'm not prepared to say we wouldn't do that," Templeton said. "But mathematically, I don't think it can be done." By which he means that it can't--in a 13-team conference, it's mathematically impossible for every team in a seven-team division to play all other divisional opponents in an eight-game schedule.

The 13-team MAC has worked around this problem by having some members of its seven-team division only play five divisional games, a move that has required an NCAA waiver from the bylaw demanding a round-robin.

Thanks to the math and the "least disruptive" nature of the 4-4 split for Texas A&M, the SEC will likely require that same waiver in the near future. Why would that split be so much less disruptive? Templeton declines to spell it out for the News, but as explained in this blog post at Vanderbilt blog Anchor of Gold, that's the plan which allows the SEC to complete all of the cross-divisional home-and-home rotations that began this year. 

For instance, this week Florida travels to Auburn and South Carolina visits Mississippi State. By assigning the Aggies four West games and four East games (and canceling the new cross-divisional rotations scheduled to start in 2012) the SEC would maintain enough flexibility to keep the return trips like Auburn's to Gainesville and Mississippi State's to Columbia intact.

Per Anchor of Gold, that plan would also necessitate A&M hosting all of their East games and going on the road for all of their West games. Assuming the SEC would limit their travel costs as much as possible (and not send them to Auburn or Alabama, the two most distant West campuses), A&M's initial SEC schedule would look something like: at Arkansas, at LSU, at Ole Miss, at Mississippi State, vs Georgia, vs. South Carolina, vs. Vanderbilt, vs. Florida.

That schedule would be so different from the rest of the West's, there's no question it would damage the division's competitive balance--and cause more than a few complaints if/when it affected which team won the division's eventual championship. But because of the importance of those cross-divisional return games (and the fairness of completing the rotations), it remains the "least disruptive" scheduling path for the SEC ... and the one it's most likely to pursue.

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Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 7:12 am
 

SEC: We have three options for 13-team schedule

Well I guess we won't get to meet in the Orange Bowl.  It seems WVU is capable of getting the job done, but once again Vag Tech chokes in the end.



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:40 am
 

SEC: We have three options for 13-team schedule

Hopefully we get to find out in the Orange Bowl.  Vag Tech maybe ranked in the top 10, but that doesn't matter because they are always over-rated.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 7:18 pm
 

SEC: We have three options for 13-team schedule

all that and yall still suck.



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 5:41 pm
 

SEC: We have three options for 13-team schedule

Typical point of view coming from a Vag Techer.  You'd rather be in A Chump Conference to make sure you get to a BCS bowl, the only problem being once you get there you choke because you can't handle real competition.  Vag Tech is over-rated, and LSU?  I guess you kind of prove my point routing for them.  Since Vag Tech can't win a BCS game or any game against real competition you have to have a back up team to cheer for to take the sting away.  We call people like you fair weather fans where I come from.  In 5 years when UVA has surpassed Vag Tech you'll be cheering for them.  I'm surprised you don't talk about JMU after the beating they gave you last year.  Did I mention they beat you at home?  AT HOME!!!!!  In Blacksburg!!!!!!  They are practically a Divsion 2 school even.

WVU has to step up it's game and recruiting no doubt becasue we are heading to a conference for real teams.  I have no doubt it will happen.  Even if we loose 4 or 5 games in the Big 12 we'll still be able to beat the snot out of Vag Tech.  Keep in mind that we have a new coach, new system this year, plus we lost many starters from last year's defense.  



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:42 am
 

SEC: We have three options for 13-team schedule

You know what, by this time next year (if in Big12) WVU will be 4-5  if you all cant beat Louisville and Syracuse, what the Sam Hill you all gonna do with Tex, OU, OU St, Texas Tech, and Kstate.  Thats easily 5 loses.  Well congrats on being the Big12's annual homecoming opponent.

redundant I know but the last time VT and LSU played WVU.  mountaineers got Mounted.  But get use to it quite sure you all will lie down and earn the name Big12's Heifer.



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 6:57 am
 

SEC: We have three options for 13-team schedule

Uhmmmm Vag Tech is too pussified to play WVU anymore so how do you get that they have owned us recently?  We haven't played since 2005.  I'm sorry to keep ragging on your school but it's just too easy to pick on a team that has a castrated turkey for a mascot.  We didn't get the SEC but we have still come out ahead of you by getting into a bettier football conference.  You guys left the Big East for greener pastures and now the ACC is slowly morphing into a watered down spawn of the your old conference.  I hope you guys have fun playing off broadway as WVU hits the big stage. 



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:49 pm
 

SEC: We have three options for 13-team schedule

Someone keeps bashing VT. but this aint a VT issue.  yeah I might tease WVU fans a bit cause VT and LSU own them in recent years.  But now thats all over.  They are now property of Texas and OU.  It's like when a pimp kicks his hoe to the side for some newer fresher meat.  They pass that old fish to some new fool (Big12 ) in this case. 

If LSU loses in the Bama game, which I doubt.  I hope we see you all in the BCS.  VT or LSU vs WVU so they can play Slaughterhouse on the mountaineers.



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:52 am
 

SEC: We have three options for 13-team schedule

I think Syracuse is making a big mistake by joining the ACC.  Pitt wanting to join I can understand.  It's well known that the ACC is the place for teams who Absolutley Can't Compete.  Syracuse obviously can.  I mean look at VT, a prine example, what are they like 1-5 in BCS bowl games?  In case you were wondering WVU is 2-0.  The only reason VT has been to so many BCS bowls is becasue the are King Chump in the All Chumps Conference.   



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:27 am
 

SEC: We have three options for 13-team schedule

WOW, sounds to me like the SEC just gave mad props to WVU.  I mean you didn't hear anything about them offering JMU membership after they beat V Tech at home last year.  That would have gotten them in the NoVa/DC Market, which is something they really want.  I guess they just don't respect the Hokies as much as they do Mountaineer Nation.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:36 am
 

SEC: We have three options for 13-team schedule

Breaking news: SEC offers Syracuse invite to the SEC.  President says anyone who whips on WVU like that deserves a chance to be a SECer. 



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