to 10vol85, your point is that the historical match-ups would have changed. 1. in those contests there were less games within the division. 2. Is the conference trying to find the best team in the division (only by division play)? or the best two teams in the conference (everyone plays everyone)? , or the best two teams in the conference (impossible because non SEC opponents will always be significantly different. Respectfully submitted there is nothing legit half way between these accepted conference ideas and nobody else in the country is going to respect anything half way as legit. The SEC is not the only conference to face this scrutiny and no matter who does it the outcome is viewed as questionable. Deciding a division by games within the division cannot be questioned, it is clear and logical.
Actually, there was no point except to present the data. Since there are 20 years of division play, it gives a reasonable look at how the two different methods of determining division play compare in practice. For the record, though, I am for only division games counting.
@10Vol85 So what do you expect the Vols to do in the division this year and who will be the new key players on offense and defense there? Who are the teams the Vols will be favored by the talking heads to defeat? Is there a division team that seems to beat the Vols in spite of having a questionable match up? Is there a golden child in the east the media seems to promote more than anyone else? When you compare officiating in the SEC east to the bowl games, does anything seem different?