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nebraskafaninwi
Member since Mar 2013
2655 posts

Deregulation of conference championship games expected to pass

Dennis Dodds wrote an article last week saying it is expected to pass.

Under the current system the winners of the divisions play in the conference title game. Once the deregulation passes, conferences can decide on how to determine who plays in the conference title games.

This will help avoid boring games of a "divisional winner" that is a weaker team than the second place team because the second team had a harder schedule and thus missed out on wining the division because "the champ" had an easier schedule.

Last year we could have had Alabama vs Georgia instead of Alabama vs Missouri or Alabama vs Miss. State or Alabama vs Auburn rematch.....all depending on the way the conference would decide who plays in the title game.

And, yes, it also allows a conference to not need divisions. This will help teams play on a more regular basis. "Conference" teams that play once every 12 years is not a conference, they are teams ruled under the same TV contract.



Dodd
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Cheers to the new rivalries soon to start
bama-vandy
Bama-uk
Bama-Mizzou



UKWildcats
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Why keep the divisions then? Change scheduling format and get some more home and home rotation in there.


YankeeHandle
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I wish they would just move Mizzou to the West so all you fricktards would stop bitching.


Serraneaux
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But, LSU would complain about a possible rematch.


scrooster
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This is a double-edged sword .... I doubt the SEC is going to change our current format though. It's just been too successful. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.


RB10
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Why keep the divisions then? Change scheduling format and get some more home and home rotation in there.


The divisions are a staple of the conference now and need to stay, but opponents not rotating on the schedule but once every decade is ridiculous.

It's time to man up and go to a 9 game conference schedule with 1 permanent and 2 rotating cross-divisional opponents.


nebraskafaninwi
Member since Mar 2013
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Why keep the divisions then?


Conferences will likely expand to 16 and form 4 team pods or kick teams out and go back to being smaller.



Buckeye06
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The biggest difference to me, and one that I haven't seen much talked about, is why wouldn't current conferences get rid of teams now, and go back to 10 teams. The B1G could technically get rid of 4 teams, go to a rotating 10 team schedule (9 conference games), and then pick a champion in whatever way deemed necessary.

This opens up an entire can of worms


RockyMtnTigerWDE
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This appears to be a dumb move. Everything is motivated by money. If a team is supposed to be in the title game they should win their division. They shouldn't be allowed to have a bad game, and then the league give them the title shot because they pass the eye test or schedule.


Better fix would be 9 league games and all OOC's should be against the Big 5 conferences. IMO


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Bench McElroy
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If every power 5 conference had the same number of teams, I would be a strong proponent of the round Robin format. Every conference team has to play each other with one non-conference game against another power 5 opponent. Conference rivalries would be kept intact and it would eliminate the unbalanced divisions problem. There would also be no more conference champions with an 8-4 record unless it's a year with extreme parity.


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ipodking
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This seems like an awful move.


Nguyening
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Why would you ever want a 2nd place divisional team over the division winner. The team won the division for a reason, we don't have to like it.


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cardboardboxer
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The biggest difference to me, and one that I haven't seen much talked about, is why wouldn't current conferences get rid of teams now, and go back to 10 teams.


Money, duh.



I don't like the rule change. Not because it is a good or bad rule, but because if it doesn't pass the Big 12 is forced into expanding with two bad options. And frick the Big 12.


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Earn Your Keep
Member since Nov 2013
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It's time to man up and go to a 9 game conference schedule with 1 permanent and 2 rotating cross-divisional opponents.


I'll vote for nine games but only if we do away with the permanent "so-called" rival game. When the SEC HQ begins to represent ALL 14 universities, I'll listen to their recommendations. Short of that...screw them!


Stir of Echoes
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Last year we could have had Alabama vs Georgia instead of Alabama vs Missouri or Alabama vs Miss. State or Alabama vs Auburn rematch.....all depending on the way the conference would decide who plays in the title game.


Or in 2012 we wouldn't have had to watch a 10-2 Nebraska team drop 70 on a 7-5 Wisconsin team.

Wait, we didn't have to watch that, because it didn't happen. The 70 pts. were scored by the 7-5 Wisconsin team.



allin2010
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This is great news... now we need ONE more team to join the conference or kick one out...

Go to 4 permanent rivals (Currently would leave 9 teams, Add one to get to 10, then play them home and home, ).



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lsupride87
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But, LSU would complain about a possible rematch.
No we wouldnt


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AUCE05
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Member since Dec 2009
41250 posts

I like on field results to determine winners and losers. Alabama did not deserve a title shot in '11. Regardless of their talent, they had their chance against #1 LSU. It was OSU's turn. Rules like this just allow the hot name multiple chances at winning a title.


bamawriter
Alabama Fan
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Member since Apr 2009
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Without the divisional requirement, Bama and LSU could have met in Atlanta with the winner going to take on Okie Lite. Might have killed the majority of the controversy.


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