UGA football: Five teams the SEC needs to consider inviting

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Central Florida Knights or South Florida Bulls

The SEC already shares the Florida markets with the ACC, but as long as the Central Florida Knights and South Florida Bulls are among the best non-major conference teams in the nation, the possibility of another conference splitting the Florida television market pie remains.

Inviting either of these two schools into the SEC would allow the conference to take an even bigger part of that pie as both schools are located in two of Florida’s largest cities. South Florida is in Tampa and Central Florida is in Orlando.

Their prowess on the football field will only help their bid to join the SEC. UCF has six conference championships and an undefeated season in 2017. Both are fairly young programs with winning records and are regulars in bowl season. USF doesn’t have any conference titles, but it has won at least nine games five times since 2002.

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Their stature would only increase once joining the SEC. Florida is the most talent-rich state in the nation with 49 prospects currently ranked in the 247Sports Composite top-300. Most of those players either sign with Florida, Florida State or Miami or they leave the state entirely. But if UCF and/or USF join the SEC, a lot of those players will choose to stay home and play for either school. More wins, better rankings and possible championships would be right around the corner for either program.