The Securities and Exchange Commission is changing the schedule

We all know at this point that Oklahoma and Texas will be joining the Securities and Exchange Commission in the very near future. In adding two more teams to League 14, changes will be required. So yesterday the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that conference chairs and advisors have agreed to schedule changes in men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and softball.

We still haven’t seen what football plans to do, as they go back and forth on whether 8 or 9 group matches should take place, and whether there will be teams or hurdles. One contender in the conference and alternating opponents, or something else. There are a lot of proposals out there, so let’s focus on what has been approved.

You all know me as a basketball player, so let’s start with what we know about other shows and move on to the episodes.

First, football:

Regular season: Football will continue to compete in two divisions. Each season, the team will play seven divisional opponents plus three cross division opponents on a rotational basis, for a total of 10 conference matches.

SEC Football Championship: 12 teams will compete in a singles elimination format, and the top four seeded teams will receive a first round.

This is similar to how baseball works now. You need to qualify for the post-season tournament. Splits mean you’ll see certain opponents regularly, so developing competitions is easy. It’s a good setup.

Next, tennis:

Regular Season: Each team will play one Round Robin against all other teams in the conference, consistent with the current format.

SEC Men’s and Women’s Tennis Tournaments: All teams will compete in one elimination format with the top four seeded teams receiving a bye during the first two rounds of the tournament.

Nothing shocking here.

Now softball:

Regular Season: Each season, the team plays a series of three matches against eight alternating opponents, for a total of 24 team matches.

SEC Softball Tournament: All teams will compete in a single elimination format, consistent with the current format but with two additional games.

I’ll leave others to comment on this, but I’m not sure I like the lack of competition here.

Finally, the hoops. Let’s start with the women:

Regular Season: Each season, the team will play one opponent alternating home and away, as well as the remaining 14 teams in individual competitions either at home or abroad, for a total of 16 team matches.

SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament: All 16 teams will compete in a singles elimination format, consistent with the current format but with two additional games. The top four seeded teams will continue to bid farewell during the first two rounds of the tournament.

Just one regular rivalry, and the game’s alternating schedule of 16 leaves little to be desired. It maintains a more robust list tact than non-conferences. And the conference is already a rather brutal tournament to compete in. But it’s still a little disappointing that it only has one permanent competition. Especially with former Big 12 competitors moving to the league.

And now for the men:

Regular season: In each season, the team will play with two permanent opponents at home and abroad, one of which is an opponent alternately at home and abroad, in addition to the remaining 12 teams in individual competitions both at home and abroad, for a total of 18 team matches.

SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament: All 16 teams will compete in a singles elimination format, consistent with the current format but with two additional games. The top four seeded teams will continue to bid farewell during the first two rounds of the tournament.

The lopsided schedule won’t go away as long as these super leagues exist. When you get to 14 teams and now 16 teams, the table must be unbalanced. The current setup is 3 permanent competitors, 2 opponents alternating home and home, and everyone alternates home and away. So the league loses one permanent competition, and just adds one alternately at home and at home as the league table increases to 18 games.

The conference cycle is basically unchanged with only a handful of other teams playing on opening day (which is rumored to move to Tuesday from Wednesday). So the day Missouri seems to be permanently stuck has just expanded. Well, more friends!

But getting into the perpetual rival business, this is where I find a lot of intrigue. Currently, Mizzou has Arkansas, Texas A&M and Olly Mays as their regular competitors. Right after Mizzou here are the permanent competitors to those teams:

  • Ole Miss: Mississippi State, Auburn, Missouri
  • Texas A&M: LSU, Arkansas, Missouri
  • Arkansas: Missouri, Texas A&M, LSU

If I was doing this, I would make four groups of 4 teams, because I think it’s easier to build regional competitions. 3 home and home matches equal 6 matches. Playing everyone else is 18 conference games. Personally, I like the idea of ​​having more consistency in who you play. There are very few contenders.

Obviously, I think Missouri faces Arkansas as one of the primary contenders. But who is the other? The most logical matches are any of the 12 previous teams, Texas, Texas A&M or Oklahoma. I would prefer it to be OU, with old school Big 8 ties. Although it has been nearly 30 years since Big 8 became important, the connection still resonates and can be revived more quickly.

Proximity may include Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and possibly Kentucky. If you’re looking regionally, Texas A&M will probably check out Texas and LSU. Texans would probably pull out Oklahoma, and if there were no objections from College Station, having Texas and A&M always made sense in the world. These matches will likely pull Texans and A&M out of bidding for a match against Mizzou.

The problem is that the original SEC schools are likely to fight for their traditional competition.

Ole Miss versus Mississippi, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, and Florida. There are regional competitions that make sense too, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and even Arkansas and Oklahoma.

This is the task now. Choose only two permanent competitors around the league.

Here’s my stab:

  • Alabama: Auburn, Miss State
  • Arkansas: Missouri, LSU
  • Auburn: Alabama, be a beauty queen
  • Florida: Georgia, South Carolina
  • Georgia: Florida, South Carolina
  • Kentucky: TN, Vanderbilt
  • LSU: Texas A&M, Arkansas
  • Miss State: Be Miss, Alabama
  • Missouri: Arkansas, Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma: Texas, Missouri
  • Ole Miss: Miss State, Auburn
  • South Carolina: Florida, Georgia
  • Tennessee: Vanderbilt, Kentucky
  • Texas: Oklahoma, Texas A&M
  • Texas A&M: LSU, Texas
  • Vanderbilt: Tennessee, Kentucky

Let me know your thoughts below.

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