The real sobering thought for me is this. All those things about the Third Saturday in October, all those special aspects that make it unique ... in this new world of 3 and 6 rotating, there will be no new rivalries. None. Teams that only place twice in four years won't ever develop rivalries, or if they do, the rivalries will be stuff ginned up by companies to market games. Sterile, corporate-manufactured things like "Red River Rivalry" or the "River City Showdown." Fake, stupid, pointless drivel ground down to a boring shine by ESPN and whoever owns whatever.
Whoever you get in your three games - those will be the only potential rivals from that point on. Nothing new will ever have the opportunity to develop. That means periods like Florida-Tennessee in the 1990s will never happen again. And for the record, UT-UF in the 1990s was AMAZING. It was red hot stuff, the BIGGEST marquee game in the SEC for years and years, outshining even the Alabama game. For 3 or 4 years there, the UT-UF game was THE game in the SEC. I have so many memories from those times, and those games (even if a lot of them sucked for us).
Nothing like that can happen in a format where you see teams once every two years. We'll have the Alabama game, but that will be it. Kentucky and Vandy will never be true legitimate threats to us, and we'll never again develop a new rivalry or see another opponent emerge as a rival. Us and Alabama, locked in a death grip, and that will be it. That kind of sucks. And, to me, is incredibly sad.
You’ve hit the nail on the head. That’s why I would love the Florida game to stay a yearly blood match.
Or maybe crank one up with Texas - that just seems perfect to me.
Either of those is light years ahead of playing Vandy or Kentucky.
Hell- get Oklahoma, I can learn to despise them I suppose.
Or Georgia. Or South Carolina.
Anybody but those two craptastic situations!