The Southeastern Conference ended the future scheduling speculation today.
The league announced the current 6-1-1 model — six division games, one permanent cross-divisional game and one rotating divisional game — will remain in 2016 and beyond.
The only minor change will be that every SEC team has to add a “Big 5” opponent from either the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac 12 beginning in 2016.
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“This has been a thoughtful and deliberative process that has resulted in maintaining the current format and adds a provision that will bolster our collective annual non-conference schedule,” said Commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement. “Critical to maintaining this format is the non-conference opponent factor which gives us the added strength-of-schedule we were seeking while allowing continued scheduling flexibility for institutional preferences, and acknowledges that many of our institutions already play these opponents.
“The concept of strength-of-schedule is based on an entire 12-game schedule, a combination of both conference games together with non-conference games. Given the strength of our conference schedule supplemented by at least one major non-conference game, our teams will boast of a strong resume’ of opponents each and every year.”
The permanent cross divisional rivalries are as follows:
- Alabama (West) vs. Tennessee (East)
- Arkansas (West) vs. Missouri (East)
- Auburn (West) vs. Georgia (East)
- LSU (West) vs. Florida (East)
- Ole Miss (West) vs. Vanderbilt (East)
- Mississippi State (West) vs. Kentucky (East)
- Texas A&M (West) vs. South Carolina (East)