I never really liked the "Pod" approach with the 16 teams, but after LSU has been repeatedly raped by the SEC Office from a scheduling standpoint, I can see where this could balance things out and make things fair. It could also solve the "traditional rival" crap AND get us to a 7 game conference schedule, opening the door for more quality OOC games. Here's how it COULD work, starting with the 4 four-team divisions (pods): SEC WEST
Ole Miss SEC East
Kentucky SEC North
Vandy SEC South
In looking at those, I would say that they are actually fairly evenly distributed from a strength standpoint.
Now, here's where my plan differs from most that I've seen. Each season, there will be a rotating divisional pairing. The winners of the pod pairings play for the conference championship. So, for example, Let's say year one would have an East/West and North/South pairing. These teams would play each other:
This is FAR more equitable than the present system, because each team in a "pairing" will have played the same schedule as opposed to one team being able to play the weak sisters of the league while others are forced to play tougher opponents.
In this system, it would also allow for the possibility of an Alabama vs. LSU SECCG on years when they are not paired.
Another plus for the fans is that each team will play every other team in the league at least once every three years.
Also, with 7 SEC games, SEC teams will have the opportunity to schedule 5 OOC games, helping the SEC to avoid beating each other up too badly and opening the door to schedule stronger OOC opponents, which I would really enjoy as a college football fan.
This post was edited on 12/3 at 11:53 pm