Winners and Losers of SEC Football Scheduling Announcement

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Winners and Losers of SEC Football Scheduling Announcement
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In a release Sunday evening, the SEC announced some schedule modifications that will alter the future of the league—whether they were changes or decisions not to change.

On one hand, the league has stipulated a nonconference procedure where each team must schedule at least one opponent from a "Power Five" conference—the leagues that were formerly known as BCS automatic qualifiers (minus the Big East/AAC).

On the other hand, the league will stick with an eight-game schedule—as opposed to the nine-game schedule that seems to be en vogue with the rest of the country—and preserve the permanent cross-division rivalries between East and West.

Despite maintaining the status quo, the second part of this announcement seems more important as we don't know exactly how much of a difference the nonconference stipulation will make. (For a deeper look at this, here's a good piece from B/R's Ben Kercheval.) 

By keeping the cross-division rivalries intact, SEC commissioner Mike Slive and his brain trust have opted, in some ways, for tradition over equity. And as with anything that isn't totally fair, it yielded some winners and losers.

Here's a look at who is which after Sunday.

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