Musings from 64 degrees north...
LSU this week, which makes me think...
...about schedules, rivals, and the SEC.
We play LSU infrequently; not enough to be exact. It could be a great rivalry. Auburn could be (again), Ole Miss could be (again), Arkansas could be, and even Mississippi State could be, given the right circumstances and developments.
If the season were expanded by one to 13 games, we could play all of the above every season, plus the six SEC schools we already play every year, and two non-conference schools.
Sounds simple. Except that it probably will never happen.
But, suspend reality for a moment. Would you like a conference where every school plays every other school every season? I think I would.
You would never have situations such as 'unequal' schedules playing a role in the determination of the SEC champion (except for comparative home-field advantages). The standings would never lie. The best team would be at the top, because they played every other team, just like all other teams did.
The SEC season would be one helluva spectacle - not that it isn't now, but it would be even more spectacular. Just think - 11 conference games.
The SEC brass, and the headmasters at the individual schools, would probably never go for it - it would increase the likelihood of losses by the top SEC teams, potentially ruining their chance at a national crown.
But, again, suspend reality for this exercise. Would you like to see Tennessee, and all other SEC schools, play a full conference schedule every season?