2. SEC increases number of divisions
- Four teams in four divisions each
- A tournament with each division champion determines SEC title
- Vols in a division with Vanderbilt and Kentucky
Okay, picture what we just said when it came to a pod system but with divisions instead. Your goal every season is to win your four-team division so you can enter a four-team postseason in December to play for the SEC Championship. Should that happen, Tennessee football could be in a perfect position to play for the title every year.
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Imagine if the Vols’ division is like the pods we mentioned on the earlier slide. That is, they are in a division with the Vanderbilt Commodores, Kentucky Wildcats and either the South Carolina Gamecocks or Missouri Tigers. It’s possible.
If UT is in one with Vandy, UK and USC then the Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs would make up another division. The Ole Miss Rebels, Mississippi State Bulldogs, LSU Tigers and Arkansas Razorbacks would make up another. Finally, Mizzou, the Texas A&M Aggies, the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners would make up the final one.
You could also have UT, Vandy, UK and Mizzou in one. Then it’d be USC, Georgia, Alabama and Auburn in another. Florida, LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State would be the one odd division, and Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M would round these out.
A nine-game pod or eight-game schedule would be irrelevant here. UT would always have the advantage in its division. With College Football Playoff expansion coming, that could be a huge deal. Say what you want about tradition, but this would work out great for the Vols.