Which of the SEC’s cross-divisional, permanent rivalries are worth protecting?
While it’s easy to understand LSU AD Joe Alleva’s argument that the Tigers' forced game with Florida is a competitive disadvantage compared to Ole Miss drawing Vanderbilt, is that enough reason to cancel the 117-year old Auburn-Georgia series?
The question is impossible to answer because making one element of the scheduling question right means that another party, and perhaps an entire football nation, loses out.
One thing we do know is that the SEC’s so-called permanent rivalries aren’t created equally. That’s true in fairness, quality, competitiveness and attractiveness to the viewer.
Here are the seven forced marriages power ranked by age, competitiveness, appeal and meaningfulness, gauged by the combined number of championships each pair has produced.