With media rights reaching billion-dollar status for college football, we could see super-conferences appear in the next decade, and the SEC could be the first.
With Texas and Oklahoma joining the SEC in 2024, the conference reaches 16 teams. The conference could go through a realignment, which is expected to be a debated topic during the spring meeting on Tuesday.
Teams in the ACC have shown interest in possibly joining the SEC due to a lack of financial opportunities from the ACC Network. If Florida State and Clemson decide to jump ship for the SEC, it would make more sense than two California teams playing a mid-western conference. FSU and Clemson are not only geographically located in the Southeast, but they also have SEC ties.
For entertainment purposes only, let’s see how the SEC East would look if the two ACC powerhouses were to join the Southeastern Conference.
The King of the SEC East right now, Georgia is the perfect team to lead the East division.
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The Gators lead the conference with 13 appearances in the SEC Championship game, which means 13 SEC East titles.
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Tennessee stunned the SEC last season with their big win over Alabama but couldn’t knock off Georgia, which ended their pursuit for the program’s first division title since 2007.
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The Noles share one of the best rivalries in college football with Florida, they won their last national championship against an SEC school, and they already hold a winning record against the conference. It seems only right to put them in the conference.
Dabo Swinney became a thorn in Nick Saban’s butt during their runs to the National Championship. Their rivalry against South Carolina may not be as big as FSU-Florida, but it’s enough to make them an attraction for the SEC.
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Wildcats may not be one of the strongest in the SEC, but they are a formidable opponent that can put together some wins.
The Gamecocks have a fun program with history and one of the best atmospheres in college football.
I never understood why Missouri was placed in the SEC East when the campus is one of the furthest west in the conference. So let’s replace them with Auburn for geographical purposes only.
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The Hurricanes football program needs a jumpstart, and moving to the SEC could be what the doctor ordered. Of course, other things must happen, but this would be a great start.
Vanderbilt has always been the forgotten child of the SEC, and in this conference realignment, it will be tough for them to move up.