Deep South's Oldest Rivalry Retained Annually
by Dan Harralson
Apr 28, 2014 10:47 AM EDT
News broke last night that the SEC is mandating their 14 institutions to schedule at least one football school from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, PAC-12 and/or Notre Dame. The mandate will take place '2016 and beyond'.
News also broke that traditional SEC east/west cross-divisional games would not go away. The thought of moving to a nine-game conference schedule may hinder annual rivals between Auburn vs. Georgia, Alabama vs. Tennessee and Florida vs. LSU.
These games are here to stay with the continuation of a 6-1-1 format (six divisional games, one permanent crossover, one rotating crossover).
Auburn leads the 'Deep South's Oldest Rivalry' over Georgia 55-54-8, with the first game being played in 1892.
“The most important thing was to keep the Auburn-Georgia rivalry,” Auburn's Athletic Director Jay Jacobs said. “That was top priority for us. It’s the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. It’s importance and also its tradition and history, we think that’s what makes college football great, and that’s what makes the Southeastern Conference great."
Relive some of the rivalries' greatest moments since SEC division play began in 1992: