The Southeastern Conference is currently considering a non-split conference schedule of nine or eight games once. Texas and Oklahoma join the conference in 2024.
With a nine-game conference schedule, each SEC school would play three permanent and six rotating opponents each year.
The conference uses a 10-year success metric and chooses each the three opponents of the team based on primary and secondary rivalries, geographic footprints, and balance and parity, according to Sports Illustrated.
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and alabama head coach Nick Saban You don’t seem pleased with what you’ve heard.
«I’ve always been a defender of playing more [conference] games,» Saban told SI. «But if you play more games, I think you have to fix all three [opponents] good. They’re giving us Tennessee, Auburn and LSU. I don’t know how they get there [decision].»
The conference is expected to make a decision on the schedule this spring, according to a February report by SI.
Saban signaled Tennessee’s rise, ascending to No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings before ending the year at No. 6, when discussing Alabama’s potential schedule.
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«They said they did whatever for 10 years,» the coach said. «Well, some of those years, Tennessee wasn’t as good as it was the previous 10 years, but now it’s as good as it used to be before those 10 years.
«We have three teams, and two of them are in the top 10, and the other one is in the top 10 a lot,» Saban added. «You look historically at a 25-year history, and the top three teams in the East are Georgia, Tennessee and Florida. If you look historically at 25 years, Alabama, LSU and Auburn are the top three teams in the West. So we’re playing them all. «.
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While the Vols have struggled for the past decade, Tennessee has won the third most football championships with 13.
The eight-game conference schedule would be straightforward, with teams most likely facing off against their rivals each season.