There has been a lot of complaining about how unfair it is that Bama has Tennessee as a permanent opponent and LSU has Florida. Bama has played Tennessee 94 times (vs 77 times against LSU) and LSU has only played 4 teams more than Florida (58 times compared vs 56 times against Arkansas, our next most frequent opponent). It makes sense when you look at historical rivalries. Looking at historical rivalries, it makes sense to split the divisions as follows: LSU/A&M/Missouri/Arkansas/Ole Miss/MSU/UK Bama/UGA/UF/UT/AU/USC/Vandy With permanent opponents as follows: UK/UT (108) Battle for the Barrel Bama/MSU (96) Battle for HWY 82 UF/LSU (58) AU/Ole Miss (37) Arkansas/USC (20) A&M/UGA (5) Missouri/Vandy (5) It would shift a lot of power to the east, but it works geographically and historically. You would gain AU/UGA (116)("The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry"), Bama/UT (94)("Third Saturday in October"), Bama/Vandy (83), AU/UF (82), Bama/UGA (65), LSU/UK (56), AU/UT (50), UK/Ole Miss (42), Bama/UF (38), UK/MSU (38), AU/Vandy (37), A&M/Missouri (13). You would lose AU/MSU (87), UK/Vandy (78) Bama/LSU (77), UK/UGA (65), UK/UF (62), Bama/Ole Miss (60), LSU/AU (43), UK/USC (23), Arkansas/Bama (22), Arkansas/AU (21). This is a net positive of 176 rivalry years. The east would have the two top funded programs (Bama & UF), five of the top seven (LSU & Arkansas representing the west at #3 and #7), and six of the top nine (adding A&M and not including UK's basketball program), with a total difference in expenditures of about $90 million.