It’s official, Missouri Tigers will be the 14th team in the SEC. This past Sunday Missouri accepted to join the SEC. Texas A&M joined the SEC in September, Big 12 now will have 8 teams in the conference until West Virginia joins the Big 12. Next, the SEC has to reschedule the games for the 2012 season. Like example, Alabama is supposed to play Georgia in Tuscaloosa in October. It might get rescheduled and Georgia might have to face Missouri in Columbia instead of Alabama.
The SEC West will have Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, Arkansas, and Texas A&M. The SEC East will have Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky,Tennessee, and Missouri. It will look a little weird to see Missouri and Texas A&M in the SEC. Missouri doesn’t have a rival against any SEC team. Texas A&M did have a little rival against Alabama in the 70’s and 80’s. Remember Bear Bryant used to coach Texas A&M in the 1950’s.
I actually don’t like the idea of Texas A&M and Missouri joining the SEC. Why? Well for one, the geographically, two, they will take away some of the great rivalries that the SEC schools traditionally played for many years. It might take away the Alabama-Tennessee matchup, or the LSU-Florida matchup, or even Auburn-Georgia matchup. The schedule will be finalized by the summer of 2012. School’s ADs have to come up with a new schedule by summer. One thing I know, fans in Athens are getting testy because they want Georgia vs Auburn rivalry still intact.