Recent reports suggest Oklahoma and Texas are interested in leaving the Big 12 and joining the SEC. The two programs are often thought to carry the conference, but some believe they would be in for a rude awakening in the SEC.
Currently, there are 14 teams in the SEC. Split right down the middle at seven a piece and you have the SEC West and SEC East.
Sure, adding two more would make at an even 16, but then the conference would be faced with realignment. There are already a few teams in the East that are further west than teams in the West, but adding Texas or Oklahoma to the East may make it a bit egregious.
Assuming the SEC welcomes in the Sooners and Longhorns without giving the boot to any programs, how would the conference schedule games?
This morning, SEC Network revealed a plan that would replace divisions with four pods.
Some pods are definitely stronger than others, but it’s a seemingly reasonable way of doing things.