What would SEC expansion mean for UGA?

What might SEC expansion mean to the Georgia-Auburn rivalry? (Associated Press)

What might SEC expansion mean to the Georgia-Auburn rivalry? (Associated Press)

It’s like following a soap opera: Will the Aggies follow Texas wherever it goes or step out of the Longhorns’ shadow? Might Virginia Tech be lured away from the ACC? Does a mega conference deserve two BCS bids?

Amid all the cliffhanger scenarios, impassioned debates and wild speculation about what will happen in the current conference realignment upheaval, there’s a more pertinent question for the Bulldog Nation: What would an expanded SEC mean for UGA?

Or, more particularly, what would a 16-team mega SEC mean for the Dogs?

Probably a scheduling nightmare, for starters. Mark Richt has gone on record as saying his main concern is that the SEC not add an additional conference game to the eight already played, and he’s probably not alone among conference coaches in feeling that way.

If the SEC winds up as a 16-team league, that most likely means two eight-team divisions. If you play every other team in your division every year, as is now the case, and you stick to eight conference games, that leaves only one team per year from the other division. If you up it to nine conference games per year, Georgia still would only be playing two teams from the SEC West.

How would rotating the teams from the other division work, and how would this impact longtime cross-division rivalries? Currently SEC schools each have one permanent opponent from the other division. Georgia’s is Auburn. What would happen to the Deep South’s oldest football rivalry in a 16-team league?

Of course, there probably would have to be a realignment of the divisions, especially if any of the Texas or Oklahoma schools came into the conference. Might Auburn move to the SEC East? That at least would maintain the rivalry with UGA. What about Alabama, would it make sense to have them and Florida and Georgia in the same division? And what if Florida State comes in? Do you keep both Sunshine State schools in the East?

How would you feel about Georgia winding up in the SEC West?

Also, assuming that the SEC lands some big-name teams and doesn’t have to resort to adding lesser programs just to reach the 16-team level — Louisville, anyone? — you’ve got to figure it will be tougher for Georgia (and everyone else in the conference) to get to the championship game.

No wonder a lot of of SEC fans wish someone would press the reset button and this whole mega-conference idea would just go away. Unfortunately, with big-bucks TV deals behind all of this, that’s not going to happen.

So what are your thoughts (and hopes and fears) about Georgia’s place in a new-look SEC?

167 comments Add your comment

greenhulk

June 12th, 2010
8:30 pm

Has everyone seen the out from a SEC director. They will not be offering Miami, FSU, Clemson, or Ga. Tech to join the SEC. There is one thing everyone has been forgetting about….Chic-fil-a. My sources tell me that Chic-Fi-la will not stand by and let the SEC raid the ACC. There is a lot of money tied up in the SEC / ACC Kickoff and bowl game. I heard that if the SEC raids the ACC, the games will become the Big Ten / ACC challenge. Chic-Fila will open the Atlanta market to the Big Ten Network, the last thing the SEC wants to happen. No ACC team will be moving…..you can take it to the bank.

BuLLdawg

June 13th, 2010
2:29 am

20-12 over the last 4 years vs SEC teams good for 4th place

10-10 over the last 4 years vs SEC East teams good for 3rd place

By Chris Low June 11, 2010 :

One of the best ways to evaluate a coach is to look at his record against nationally ranked teams.

Coaches in the SEC against what was on game day Top 25 foes at their current schools

No. 1 : Urban Meyer, Florida — 19-6 (.760)
No. 2 : Nick Saban, Alabama — 11-5 (.688)
No. 3 : Houston Nutt, Ole Miss — 5-3 (.625)
No. 4 : Les Miles, LSU — 18-11 (.621)
No. 5 : Mark Richt, Georgia — 29-19 (.604)

What we should do is get out of The SEC since we can’t compete.

Who the hell wants to be 3rd best in their division of their conference and 4th or 5th best in their conference.

Oh, yeah, right the Bible Thumping DISNEYdawgs.com do.

savannadawg

June 13th, 2010
9:17 am

JEZ PLEASE, LET THEM HAVE THIER 16 TEAM CONFERENCE. IT WILL NOT WORK!!! THERE WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH MONEY 2 MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY. NEVER.

savannadawg

June 13th, 2010
9:18 am

12 is the right number of teams in a conference.

savannadawg

June 13th, 2010
9:26 am

Big 12 does not have to die! La. Tech, Baylor, Houston, UTEP, TCU, Texas A & M, Kansas, Kansas St., MIssouri, SMU, RICE and Tulsa. All these teams could actually get stronger by calling themselves THE NEW B12 confrence. This keeps some identity with the old yet also gives these guys a fresh start.

savannadawg

June 13th, 2010
9:32 am

I’ll tell everyone this too. The SEC does NOT have to respond to what these other conferences are doing. And if the PAC 16 things they deserve 2 at large BCS bids then the NCAA and the BCS should step up RIGHT NOW! And tell these folks that the only guaranteed BCS bid will go to THE conference champion, which WILL BE determined in a championship game. If Mike Slive and the other Presidents of the SEC schools don’t voice their opinions about this, then maybe they all need to be wearing thongs!!!!!!!

DoubleG

June 13th, 2010
9:33 am

to Bitter DWAG….your MEGA SEC conference is lacking,,,you forgot LSU.
i guess you are still bitter from this years’ loss in football at the “hedges”

for what its worth i think the SEC should add just two schools to get to a 14 team conference. hopefully one from the west and one from the east.

savannadawg

June 13th, 2010
9:46 am

IF THE SEC IS COMPELED TO MOVE, these are my thoughts. I know florida would not like this but too me its the only senario that makes since. For purposes of economics and keeping it simple stupid. One. I don’t particulary like inviting Texas A&M. They are now where as strong as they used to be. Is the market really there for us to get that much (as far as recruiting goes) out of Texas? As far as VA. TECH is concerned. There is nothing in Blacksburg Va. i am overly Inammored with. TOO far away. See Texas A&M. Lets stick close to home so we can have SOLD OUT venuse and make alot of money that way. So I had to break up the ACC but if we are going to do this here it is. FSU and South Florida from the sunshine state. Clemson and North Carolina from the Carolinas.

savannadawg

June 13th, 2010
9:54 am

Oh, greenhulk I didn’t read your blog before I put my two cents worth in. I agree with that senario 100%, And dn’t forget I believe the Gator is going back to an SEC vs. ACC aren’t they?

savannadawg

June 13th, 2010
10:04 am

Chris, Your getting there. Ilike your idea. Is it fair to have the #2 and 3 teams to vie who will play the #1. Senario sounds just O.K. but puts way too much stress on the 2 & 3 ranked teams. they would have to play the extra game to get to the conf. champ. game then play the conf. champ. game and then a bowl game. So thats 12 + 1 + 1 + 1 or 15 games. Anybody who plays 15 games deserves a piece of the National Championship.

GoDawgs

June 13th, 2010
3:23 pm

UGA will be a lock in the east due to location. If any team would be vunerable to a move to the west based on location it would be Vandy. What happens if we add one team to the west which seems like it may happen with Texas A&M? Who do we invite to join the east or do we keep the west with 7 teams and the east with 6?

Tim Morris

June 13th, 2010
10:13 pm

The Big Ten will not add more than 14 teams. Consequently neither will the SEC, Big East, ACC and probably the Mountain West. Conference USA may actually acquire more than 16, and of course the Pac 10 is set to become the PAC 16. Probable candidates for SEC expansion, in my opinion, include Texas A&M, VA Tech, Missouri, and of course the regular suspects in the deep south ACC.

HANK

June 14th, 2010
12:58 am

Some of these posts are made by idiots. One guy said A&M doesn’t have that many fans/cadets? A&M is not a military school and has more fans than over half the SEC schools. Here is how it will go down.

SEC offers Texas, Texas will Stay in own Conf, or move to Pac 10 or SEC. If they stay put, expantion stops. If they goto SEC the next move will be A&M, then Oklahoma and Virginia Tech or OSU.

If Texas goes Pac-10, SEC will fight for A&M. If A&M comes look for UNC, Duke, Kansas (if not forced for KSU)

IF A&M goes PAC-10 SEC goes UNC, Kansas, Duke, V-tech (super BB conf now with KY, UNC, Duke, Florida, Kansas.

I am tired of people talking about big-10 going after rutgers. No one in NYC cares about rutgers. Id argue there are more UGA fans in NYC than Rutgers. Big 10 should go after Kansas and MO to add 2 big cities that actually watch College sports. NY is a pro-team state.

SEC will not add GT, FSU, Miami, Clemson

Paddy

June 14th, 2010
10:02 am

That old adage of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” is again a often repeated line that carries no truth. Of course you fix (tweek) a good thing. It happens every day of your life in commerce. Why not football? People love those old sayings. They rarely ever tell the whole story and to live by most of them is living with blinders on!

Paddy

June 14th, 2010
10:18 am

customary fact checker….I must disagree with your additions to the SEC. GT, Miami, Clemson and Fla St add nothing to the tv package. And this is what this expansion is all about ($$$). In fact those 4 teams could actually hurt the SEC tv revenue stream. The SEC must go out of their region to garner subscribers that they now can’t get. The last thing conferences are looking at right now is good logistics and doing something good for its fan base! We all want this to be a nice tidy process, it won’t. It will be nothing more than a blood bath!

coach smith

June 14th, 2010
11:18 am

look for the SEC to add 2 teams only for now…VaTech and TexasAM….

A&M will be in the west and VaTech in the East

You will then play the other 6 teams in your division + a perminant rival from the West and there will then be only 1 rotating oppenant from the West

Very simple

DG

June 16th, 2010
6:06 pm

I do not think it is in the best interest fro any conference to go over 14 teams. I look at this as a way fro the big BCS conferences to keep control of the money and to make sure that those teams in those conferences gets the best games in order to make the best money on bowl games its time to bring the spirit of football back