Somewhere on a beach, the BCS computers are sitting back and saying, “This is your mess now.” Many conferences’ three-way tiebreakers went out the window when the BCS died, and the SEC was one of those that needed to shake up its tiebreak rules to not include the highest-ranked team in the BCS advancing to a conference championship.
The tiebreaker the SEC will use is pretty confusing, and should it come down to it, the conference has no qualms with using a coin flip to decide which teams will play in the SEC Championship.
From FOX Sports:
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. Changed: Combined SEC record of the team’s cross-divisional opponents
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).
I’m pretty confident that when the season ends, the SEC West will have to try out these tiebreak rules. If it does come down to a coin flip, I imagine it will be just like a scene straight out of “Friday Night Lights”–only Nick Saban is Coach Gaines.
One thing is certain: this has big mess potential, and the internet would explode if it came down to a coin flip. Because, you know, SEC fans are very civil, and they would be congratulating the winner of the coin flip..
[via FOX Sports]
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