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How to get Mizzou into the SEC West & Preserve SEC Rivalries

Part of the SEC "culture" is the long standing rivalries:  Iron Bowl, 3rd Saturday in October, among others.

 

My proposal:  move both Alabama schools to the East, move Vandy to the West.

 

Putting Bama & Auburn in the East preserves the 2 "sacred" rivalries (Iron Bowl & 3rd Sat. in Oct.)., keeps UT/UK, keeps AU/UGA, and with UT & Vandy as cross-division rivals keeps that rivalry.

 

So, we'd end up with this (paired as rivals; current & untouched are in italics)

West             East

LSU             Florida

Arkansas    USCar

Vandy        Tennessee

MSU            Alabama

Ole Miss     UGA

aTm          Auburn

Mizzou       Kentucky

 

The bottom 3 can be negotiated and changed.  One could argue that LSU/UF could be changed, too.

 

MSU's current "permanent" rival is Kentucky, but they don't act like it.  I don't think fans at either school would be opposed to changing it (as an MSU alum as well, I know I wouldn't, especially if Bama's the permanent rival since Tuscaloosa's 90ish miles from Starkville).

If, however, this is preserved, put aTm & Bama together (something about Bear Bryant coaching both schools makes this a potential rivalry) and Mizzou with Auburn (two Tigers together).  If the SEC would rather preserve LSU/AU, then make it MU/UF which would be hot games for Mizzou in September in Gainesville, and cold games for the Gators in Columbia in November, both of which would/could be marketable.

 

Ole Miss' current permanent rival is Vandy, Bama's with UT, and Auburn's with UGA:  all of these would now be divisional games.

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