What could the SEC look like 10 years from now?
There are some who believe that it's just a matter of time before the Big 12, one of the five major college football conferences, splits up. The most desirable schools in the league - Texas and Oklahoma - likely wouldn't stay together in such a scenario.
Many have speculated that Oklahoma and in-state rival Oklahoma State are a good fit for the SEC, should it desire to expand to 16 teams.
We figured it'd be fun to take a look at how that would work.
If the SEC did decide to take both Big 12 schools on, they'd almost certainly leave them in the same division - and it'd be the SEC West.
In recent weeks, there's been talk about moving Auburn from the SEC West to the SEC East. The school's AD seems to be in favor of it too. Via 247 Sports:
“It makes more sense for Auburn from the standpoint of the demographics of our students, not our student-athletes,” Jacobs told reporters. “Six or eight years ago, I looked at all the demographics. Most of all our students come from Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, a few from Mississippi, very few from Louisiana. Since we went to the national championship twice we’ve got more geographical students from all over the place but still the majority of our students come from the southeast.”
In this scenario, that makes a lot of sense. Here's how it would look:
The league would have to move to a nine-game schedule here as well.
There is one problem. Alabama currently plays Tennessee as its fixed cross-divisional game. It wouldn't also be able to do that with Auburn and keep the league's rotation scheduling intact. The annual rivalry game between the Crimson Tide and the Tigers - the Iron Bowl - might have to be played less frequently.
What do you think SEC fans? Would you want this?