More SEC East madness

From Ivan Maisel, in his “I-Formation” column today:

If Georgia loses to Auburn and to Kentucky;
If Tennessee beats Arkansas and loses to Vanderbilt and Kentucky;
If South Carolina loses to Arkansas and beats Florida;
If Florida beats Vanderbilt and loses to South Carolina;
If Kentucky loses to Vanderbilt and beats Tennessee and Georgia;
And if Vanderbilt loses to Florida and beats Kentucky and Tennessee;
The SEC East will have a six-way tie for the championship at 4-4.

Hey, this season stranger things have happened.

Oh, and who would go to Atlanta in the event that all came to pass?

The SEC has a seven-step tiebreaker in place that begins with the teams’ records within the division and will winnow out teams until there are two remaining. At that point, the higher-ranked team in the final BCS standings will “win” the division, with one exception. If the lower-ranked team is within five places of the higher-ranked team, yet won the game between the two of them, then it “wins” the division.

Keep hope alive, Vandy.

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2 responses to “More SEC East madness

  1. ActuaryDawg

    “The SEC has a seven-step tiebreaker in place that begins with the teams’ records within the division and will winnow out teams until there are two remaining. At that point, the higher-ranked team in the final BCS standings will “win” the division…”

    He’s wrong here. The BSC standings only come into play if the other tiebreakers cannot winnow the field down to two teams. The tiebreaker rule states:
    “(Once the tie has been reduced to two teams, go to the two-team tie-breaker format.)”

    So if the multi-team tiebreakers are able to elimated teams down to the point where there are two contenders left, the head to head winner of the game between the contenders determines the East champion.

    Incidentally, there are three possible scenarios in which there is a six way tie. Vandy wins two of them, Florida wins the other. There is no need to resort to BCS rankings to determine the winner under any of the three.

  2. That’s good, as I’m not a big fan of the BCS tiebreaker. Besides, in that six way tie scenario, I’d hate to see what the highest BCS ranking is for a team in the East. ;)