1. Competition becomes too tough
Although the revenue story is the most complex one when it comes to Tennessee football, we’ll end this post with an obvious one. The SEC adding the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners just makes the league too competitive.
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One of the things that built powerhouse programs in the 20th century was their ability to celebrate winning their conference championship and representing it in bowl games. That became an attainable goal for all of the top 25 historical programs nationally. Well, of the 25 winningest FBS programs of all time, 10 are now in the SEC.
Sorry, but an SEC title will get even harder than a national title at this point. Sure, college football is changing, and with a 12-team playoff likely in the future, the bowl games are about to become irrelevant. However, shouldn’t a conference title still be something worth playing for?
What type of situation will there be if you can only have one school among the Vols, Texas, Oklahoma, the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Georgia Bulldogs, the Florida Gators, the LSU Tigers, the Auburn Tigers and even the Texas A&M Aggies and Arkansas Razorbacks, only one team in a year is a conference champion? Before 1995, three of those teams could’ve had one in a given year.
Overall, it’s just too much. An SEC Championship should always be an attainable goal that would warrant joyous celebration for Tennessee football. This almost puts it out of reach, and because of that, the Vols should vote against this move. Yes, they should run from competition.