With 14 teams, SEC scheduling could get sticky
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Welcome to the Southeastern Conference, Missouri and Texas A&M. Come visit in a decade.
The newly-minted 14-team SEC faces potentially sticky scheduling issues if it goes to a larger divisional slate, tries to protect rivalries and keep marquee nonconference showdowns.
Currently, SEC teams play five divisional opponents, one designated rival and two rotating teams from the opposite division for eight games. With two divisions of seven, there's one less game available in the opposite division and may mean teams from opposite divisions only visit the other once every 12 years.
SEC officials say there's been no discussion of expanding to nine games, which would likely be attractive to television and would more easily protect rivalries. But a nine-game schedule creates issues like an uneven number of home games every year.
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