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The 6-1-1 SEC scheduling format is here to stay…for now

Don’t worry! Mississippi State is still our permanent cross-divisional opponent…for now.

One of the hot topics in the SEC Spring meetings yesterday was the SEC’s current 6-1-1 scheduling format in which the league’s teams play six divisional games, a permanent cross-divisional opponent and a rotating crossover opponent each season. Les Miles has been very vocal about dropping the permanent cross-divisional opponent because he feels it’s not fair that LSU has to play Florida each season while Alabama gets a weaker Tennessee. In turn, he’d like to see a 6-2 scheduling format, in which another rotating crossover opponent would be randomly assigned to each team. Not surprisingly, this also has some critics, since it would likely force the lower-tier SEC teams to give up some of their tougher non-conference games (so, for Kentucky, the Louisville series) in order to make their schedules more manageable.

Nick Saban proposed the most extreme format with nine games, broken down into 6-1-2 (six division, one permanent cross division game, two rotational cross division games), which would allow players to face every team in the league at least once in their career and fans to see each team play more often.

For now, Kentucky and its fellow mid- to lower-tier SEC teams are safe. Mike Slive says that the league will stick with the 6-1-1 format for the 2014 and likely the 2015 seasons:

“We have a format. We have a 6-1-1 format,” Slive said on Tuesday. “Last year we voted overwhelmingly to do the 6-1-1 permanent [crossover divisional opponent] and one rotator. The discussion about that format and any other possible formats is a conversation that’s underway. So until that format changes that’s our format. We’ll leave here with that format, but I think there’s going to be a lot of discussion at all levels about whether that format should continue indefinitely.”

Any changes they do decide on this week will go into effect in 2016. I just hope Kentucky’s strong enough to handle it by then.

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11 Comments for The 6-1-1 SEC scheduling format is here to stay…for now

  1. GoCards
    11:30 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    I think they should go with a 6-3 format and rotate three crossover divisional opponents a year. I really don’t understand this permanent crossover opponent. I don’t really have a dog in the fight but it would seem with the built in rivalries within the division, it would be better for the fans/players to have more games against the other division. Mississippi State is just such an odd pairing.

  2. Joe
    11:36 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    I would think for every Alabama who thinks it’s a great idea, there’d be a lesser team that would want to leave it alone. For instance, I’d think Vandy, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State would be quite happy with the system. Arkansas v. Missouri, Georgia v. Auburn, and South Carolina v. Texas A&M would be the teams that I’d guess would be kind of on the fence. Florida, LSU, Florida, Alabama, and UT would be the teams that I’d imagine would want to change it. But that’s my guess.

  3. Of course you wouldn't understand
    11:37 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    the tradition and history behind the Alabama-Tennessee and Auburn-Georgia games. Turd.

  4. Wrong #2
    11:38 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Tennessee and Alabama do not want to change it. Game is extremely important to remain on the schedule for both fan bases.

  5. $$$$
    12:09 pm May 29, 2013 Permalink

    You guys are all missing the point…and that is its a moot point. Bottom line….when ESPN, which signed a 20 year TV deal with the SEC for a bazillion $$’s, decides it wants the SEC to go to a 9 game conference schedule, then it will happen. And then UK, Vandy, Mizzou, Miss st, and to a lesser degree Arkansas (in its current mess) and Ole Miss (if it reverts to form) will have an even more difficult time reaching bowl eligibility. We struggle to even win a couple SEC games. Since MSU is our permanent West foe, adding 1 more West foe will likely mean adding a West power like Bama, LSU to the annual schedule. Not good.

  6. Joe
    12:20 pm May 29, 2013 Permalink

    I guess Saban’s deal is that he just wants a 9th game, not an abolition of the permanent opponent. If I’m UT, I want ‘Bama the heck off my schedule. They’ve lost the last six in that series and show no signs of ending it soon.

  7. Scott Baio
    12:34 pm May 29, 2013 Permalink

    It will eventually be 9 regardless of what the coaches want. With addition of 15th and 16th teams (which we all know is coming) they will have to play a 9 game conference schedule.

  8. GoForIT
    12:40 pm May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Does anyone know who our crossover will be for next season, 2014? Im guessing it will be on the road since we have Bama at home this year?

  9. Honky Kong
    1:34 pm May 29, 2013 Permalink

    UK will be bowling this year – wins: WKU, Louisville, Miami OH, Alabama St., Vandy & Missouri or TN.

  10. KongsDrunkAgain
    2:23 pm May 29, 2013 Permalink

    They will be bowling alright,in the local lessington bowling alley.NO WAY this current roster gets 6 wins.

  11. W.W.B.B.N.D?
    8:44 pm May 29, 2013 Permalink

    The SEC had 6 teams finish the season in the top 10 in the nation this year. The SEC has won 7(?) nations championships in a row. Why would anybody want to change things?