SEC Expansion, Permanent Inter-Divisional Opponents, and Prioritizing Rivalries

The best news we’ve gotten this week is the report that permanent SEC inter-divisional rivalries evidently will be preserved. While this move understandably is not popular with every fan base, the retention of the historic rivalries between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers, and between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers, was critical to the conference’s ability to continue laying claim to the loyalty of the partisans without whose unflagging passion the league would not be what it is today.

The preservation of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry and the Third Saturday in October as annual affrays is the subject of the latest video appearing at the Dawg Sports YouTube channel, which is reproduced below:

In the changing world of the expanded SEC, what traditions does it matter most to you to see preserved? Is it a bigger deal to play Auburn every year than to play, say, the LSU Tigers more frequently? Let us know in the comments below, and at YouTube, too.

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