An intriguing 'what if'

Because they already have head-to-head wins against Georgia and Florida, the Tennessee Vols will play in the SEC Championship Game if they finish league play deadlocked with the Bulldogs, the Gators or both.

But here's a scenario that could complicate things a bit:

Tennessee wins all of its remaining games except South Carolina.

Georgia wins all of its remaining games except Florida.

South Carolina and Florida win out.

All four teams finish with 6-2 league records, and the SEC East is stuck with a four-way tie for first place.

The SEC's first tiebreaker is head-to-head competition. This produces a three-way tie among Tennessee (2-1), Florida (2-1) and South Carolina (2-1), with Georgia (1-2) dropping out by virtue of losses to UT and Florida.

The league's second tiebreaker is record within the division. This would not break the deadlock, however. Tennessee, South Carolina and Florida would be 5-1, since each has lost one game to an SEC West foe.

According to the SEC media guide, tiebreaker No. 3 reads as follows: ''Head-to-head competition versus the team within the division with the best overall (divisional and non-divisional) Conference record and proceeding through the division. Multiple ties within the division will be broken from first to last.''

Whatever that means ...


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