2. Vols in a division with Florida, Georgia
- SEC moves to a division system
- Four teams to a division
- Vols draw Alabama as annual interdivisional rivalry
- South Carolina fourth team in the pod
Honestly, Tennessee football in a pod with the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs would be difficult enough. However, if you do this four-team four-division format in which there’s a playoff at the end for the title, it would be even more brutal for the Vols.
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With divisions instead of pods, scheduling every team in every location once every four years will be less important. As a result, the Vols would still be forced to carry on their annual rivalry with the Alabama Crimson Tide while also competing with Florida and Georgia every year to win their division, which would be brutal for them.
By the way, don’t discount this scenario either. If the SEC keeps all divisions with states bordering each other, this may be its only scenario, as UT, UF and UGA would add the South Carolina Gamecocks. Alabama and the Auburn Tigers would be in one with the Vanderbilt Commodores and Kentucky Wildcats.
On the other side, the Ole Miss Rebels, Mississippi State Bulldogs LSU Tigers and Arkansas Razorbacks would form a division, and the old Big 12 schools would round it out in the Texas Longhorns, Texas A&M Aggies, Oklahoma Sooners and Missouri Tigers. This could really hurt the Vols’ schedule going forward.