As John has noted before, the SEC still hasn’t decided on whether to adopt an eight or nine-game conference schedule for 2013 and beyond. It doesn’t appear the conference will make any decisions before league meetings in Destin, Fla., at the end of this month, either.
Still, that didn’t stop LSU coach Les Miles from showing his support for an idea originally proposed by South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier: to count only divisional records when deciding SEC East and West champions, not overall conference records.
“I want the schedule to be fair and I want it to give everybody the same opportunity,” Miles said Tuesday in Birmingham. “I’m for the Western Division deciding the Western Division champion and the Eastern Division deciding the Eastern Division champion.”
Texas A&M and Missouri join the SEC this year and it sounds as though the future conference slates will share this year’s model: a 6-1-1, with one permanent rival and one alternating cross-divisional opponent. If Miles and Spurrier had it their way, the six divisional games would be the only ones counting toward a SEC championship appearance.
If that’s the case, then there’s no need to continue to debate over an eight or nine-game conference slate; just make it six games and don’t play cross-divisional opponents*.
(*that would be sarcasm. Yes, we’re still working on getting WordPress to install our facetious, comic sans font)
(Hat tip: al.com)