SEC Championship Game: Does It Really Feature 2 Best Teams?

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SEC Championship Game: Does It Really Feature 2 Best Teams?
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Should LSU and Alabama face each other again in the BCS National Championship Game?

Turn to almost any media outlet—including this one—and you'll see any number of reasons why the teams should or should not play each other in the title game in New Orleans. I'll let you decide which side of the argument states the better case.

Instead of looking at a rematch of these teams in the BCS National Championship Game as the only possibility, what if the argument could be resolved with a simple adjustment of policy by the SEC?

Currently, the SEC decides its champion by matching the top team from the East against the top team from the West. Simple enough, right?

However, consider this: Is the SEC Championship Game matching up the two best teams using this format?

In at least nine of the SEC title games since 1992, the league has indeed showcased the two best teams in Atlanta. That means in 10 other title games, the two best teams in the conference did not square off. If the current trend this season holds, the two best teams in the SEC won’t meet in Atlanta once again.

Rather than matching up the best teams from each division, the conference should consider pairing the two teams with the best overall conference records against each other—regardless of division.

The purpose of the divisions would be primarily for scheduling purposes, and in years in which there is a clear winner in each division, those teams would meet in Atlanta.

Using this approach to decide the SEC champion, take a look at how the 10 title games in question would have looked if the conference had used this method.

Spoiler: If you are a Florida or Tennessee fan, you'll really like the next six slides.

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