Every once in awhile the ol' ball coach spins up a gem...and this is it. If this rivalry just can't be part of a regular rotation but must be played yearly, what a simple solution w/o forcing everyone elses hand...let them decide for themselves what is best for them and what they need. In the rotation when UT/Bama would play, then it counts as a conference game, otherwise it is part of the 4 game non-conference schedule..
It gives Nick his all important 9 game SOS, permits that must see (?) game every year for one and all and the rest of the conference can just play the rotation and see everyone much more frequently OR can find their own must have cross divisional yearly rivalry game. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. And if someone trots out that canard that "it just doesn't mean as much" then what kind of rivalry is it, really? Sort of eliminates all the emotional BS about "...didn't complain when they were losing to UT...man up (my favorite, btw) or some other high school drivel.