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The conference schedule will include eight games. Six of those will be played against division opponents, while the remaining two will be played against members of the opposite division.
(Via Rachel George of the Orlando Sentinel)
"It's reminiscent of 1992, when Arkansas and South Carolina (joined)," said commissioner Mike Slive. "The league had to go through exactly the same process, so what happens really is that in the short term, there's some difficulty but over time traditions build and the rivalries build and they develop. So I anticipate that over time, we will be as cohesive and as strong as we have been when we were eight, when we went to 10 and then to 12."
The cross-division rivals will include Arkansas-Missouri, Florida-LSU, Ole Miss-Vanderbilt, Auburn-Georgia, Kentucky-Mississippi State, Alabama-Tennessee and Texas A&M-South Carolina. The other non-division game will rotate on a yearly basis every six years.
This may be the format for the 2012 season, but things may end up changing by year as there are still a few that are not happy with the scheduling format of the non-division opponents.
"The non-divisional opponents should just be rotated," said LSU Director of Athletics Joe Alleva. "It's the fairest and most equitable way to do it. Anybody who doesn't vote that way is simply voting in the best interests of their institution, not the best interests of the conference. That's my opinion."
SEC Executive Associate Commissioner Mark Womack also said that this is something the conference will continue to look into as the years play out (via Jon Solomon of al.com).
"I think we'll continue to monitor all aspects of the conference scheduling process as we go forward," Womack said.
While this may give us more headaches in the near future, at least we have a good understanding of what things look like right now in 2012.