SEC to remain a 14-team league?

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With the announcement of the ACC members collectively signing a “Grant of Rights” agreement – which essentially means the ACC member schools turn over their television rights to the conference – it’s widely assumed that the conference realignment game might have just ended (at least for the next decade or so).

It’s worth noting that most college football experts also assumed the ACC raising its exit fee to north of $50 million would end the realignment game as well and that didn’t stop Maryland from jumping ship. With that said, signing over television rights in theory should prevent anyone from leaving the ACC, at least in the near term.

With any potential 15th and 16th SEC members likely coming from ACC territory (such as Duke & UNC), it appears that the SEC is set to remain a 14-team league.

It’s rumored that this has been the preference all along by the leaders of the SEC as transitioning to 14 teams from the previous 12 brought a number of logistical challenges. Going from 14 to 16 would bring even more challenges. Notably, the issue of scheduling becomes increasingly complex as more teams are added.

For college football traditionalists, an end to the conference realignment game is welcomed with open arms. With the five major conferences on firm footing, work can be done to repair damaged rivalries (e.g. Texas A&M vs Texas).

What do you think? Are you happy with a 14-team SEC?

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  • Re: Texas A&M vs Texas rivalry….Daddy Mack wants absolutely nothing to do with the Aggies, or any SEC team, after seeing what they Ags did to the “Big 12 Champion (per Bob Stoops) Sooners”.
    A&M-Bama game even outdrew the t-sips’ game in Austin.
    The Big 12/11/9/10? is a joke.

  • I understand that UF doesn’t want to fight FSU for recruits, but I would have enjoyed seeing them join. I also would have been happy with Clemson, VT, or GT.

  • Fourteen is plenty big enough. If you let the divisions get too big, then they become their own mini-conferences. It de-emphasizes the conference. I’d like to see the conference move to a nine conference game schedule with one permanent and two rotating cross division opponents.

  • Mack maybe happy he doesn’t play A&M, but it’s Daddy Deloss who’s doing the dodging.

  • 14 teams is enough. Yeah, having a FSU, VTech, UNC, Clemson, GT, etc. join would make for some interesting new rivalries, but people seem to overlook the scheduling problem. Right now, the SEC schedule features 8 conference games (6 divisional games, 1 permanent cross divisional rival, and 1 rotating cross divisional opponent). Under this format, it would take an East team 9 years to play every West team! (5 rotating opponents – assuming home/home scheduling and no appearance in the SEC championship game)
    With the addition of two more teams, the SEC would most likely expand to 9 conference games. Yet, the amount of years would increase to 13.

    The SEC just needs to expand to 9 games now in order to go back to the scheduling format used for 12 teams (5 division, 1 cross rival, 2 cross rotating) –> now (6 division, 1 cross rival, 2 cross rotating). Therefore, it would only take 5 years for every East team to play every West team.

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