Think the SEC East is wild this season?
Consider this: A six-way tie in the division is possible.
After Saturday’s action, Florida leads with a 4-2 record in the SEC, Kentucky is 4-3, Georgia and South Carolina are 3-4, Tennessee is 2-3, Vanderbilt is 1-4 and Missouri is 0-5.
But it’s possible that each team in the division except Missouri finishes at 4-4 in conference play to close the season. Check out the scenario below, as pointed out by SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk.
— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) November 6, 2016
UGA over Auburn
LSU over UF
USC over UF
Tennessee over UK
Tennessee over Mizzou
Vandy over Tennessee
Vandy over Ole Miss
Vandy over Mizzou https://t.co/LwoCJXvVuW
— Benjamin Wolk (@benjaminwolk) November 6, 2016
Admit it: This would be fun, wouldn’t it?
The SEC East has been so confusing this year, it would almost seem appropriate if the division ended the year with the most confusing result possible. Some of these outcomes seem unlikely — South Carolina over Florida and Georgia over Auburn — but it’s fun to dream about the scenario.
Here’s how such a situation would be handled by the league, as outlined by the SEC’s official rules:
Three-Team Tie (or more): If three teams (or more) are tied for a division title, the following procedure will be used in the following order: (Note: If one of the procedures results in one team being eliminated and two remaining, the two-team tiebreaker procedure as stated in No. 1 above will be used):
A. Combined head to head record among the tied teams;
B. Record of the tied teams within the division;
C. Head to head competition against the team within the division with the best overall Conference record (divisional and non divisional) and proceeding through the division (multiple ties within the division will be broken from first to last and a tie for first place will be broken before a tie for fourth place);
D. Overall Conference record against non divisional teams;
E. Combined record against all common non divisional teams;
F. Record against the common non divisional team with the best overall Conference record (divisional and non divisional) and proceeding through other common non divisional teams based on their order of finish within their division; and
G. Best cumulative Conference winning percentage of non-divisional opponents (Note: If two teams’ non-divisional opponents have the same cumulative record, then the two-team tiebreaker procedures apply. If four teams are tied, and three teams’ non-divisional opponents have the same cumulative record, the three-team tiebreaker procedures will be used beginning with 2.A.);
Example (Western 1 would be the representative)
TIED TEAMS NON-DIVISIONAL OPPONENTS CUMULATIVE RECORD Western 1 Eastern Opponents: 14-2 Western 2 Eastern Opponents: 12-4 Western 3 Eastern Opponents: 8-8
H. Coin flip of the tied teams with the team with the odd result being the representative (Example: If there are two teams with tails and one team with heads, the team with heads is the representative).
It will be interesting to see how the rest of the season unfolds. Of course, many things must happen for the six-way tie to become an issue. But that fact that it’s a possibility this late into the fall is notable.