Last week, former Auburn head coach Pat Dye brought up one of the favorite rumors of the college football offseason: realignment.
Dye pitched that Auburn would be better suited in the East division of the SEC, suggesting that Auburn switch spots with Missouri to add some geographic balance to the conference. That’s not all, though, as Dye doubled-down on the position, suggesting that Auburn shouldn’t even play Alabama every year.
Via GridIron Now:
“I’d rather see Auburn in the East than us to play Alabama every year… We don’t need to let Alabama dictate what we do at Auburn. We can play them on a rotation, just like everybody else.”
The Iron Bowl is one of the most iconic rivalries in college football, and recently it’s often been important in deciding the SEC West Champion. Shifting to where Auburn and Alabama — who have played annually since 1948 — don’t even play every year would be a radical change, and as a former resident of Alabama, it would be odd to see a season where the two teams didn’t face off to close the regular season.