Since the Missouri board is in meetings, and the eventual move from the Big-12 to the SEC is bound to turn up, our thoughts may soon to drift SEC Division re-alignment. There are rumors that since the over-all travel distance is not that much different between the travel requirements between the SEC West and the SEC East (the average distance from Missouri's Stadium to each stadium in the West is 483 miles while the East adds almost a hundred more miles, 580 average distance), the simple thing to do would be to add Missouri to the East. Yes, I know it does not make geographic sense, but is Missouri technically even in the South Eastern USA (I mean. College Station is a stretch to be called SE US)? So sense is already out the window. By simply adding them to the East Division it would maintain all rivalries and add an average of 30-45 minutes of flight time.
But since we are changing the face of the conference, should we change the make-up. A lot of chatter has been bounced around about adding Auburn to the East, but that would end one of the historic rivalries between either Alabama and Auburn or Alabama and Tennessee. Tennessee is already on record with a veto if the 3rd Saturday in October is threatened. And besides we already have enough Orange in the East, could we stand 3 teams in the east with that wretched color? Plus with Auburn in the East it would end UGA's/Auburn non-divisional game and it would become a Division game and we would have to find another team to face annually. Who would that be, A&M or Missouri?
In this case, I would have to vote for simplicity. Add Missouri to the East and let them play the Texas A&M every year as the cross divisional annual game. That preserves Florida and LSU, UGA and Auburn, Tennessee and Alabama, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss, Kentucky and Mississippi St, and fits with what the SEC did last time they expanded by matching S. Carolina and Arkansas. Then in a year or two when the SEC decides to go to 16 and pick a few teams from the east we can reshuffle, go to a 4 division pod system and straighten everything out again.