scheduling easy

i don't get the angst over how tough it will be to make a schedule for a 16 team conference. its as hard as 2 plus 2. two 8 team divisions. play 4 two year segments of 2 teams home and away. thats a 9 game conference schedule. at the end of the 8 year cycle, everyone in one division will have all played everyone in the other. and there is no need for crossovers for rivalries. place the rivals in the same division. no problem. its exactly what the 12 did, except it was 3 teams on a 4 year cycle. the sec can't go 4 year cycles because that would mean 11 conference games.. thats not happening. so, easy peasy.
 

Ryan Chapman

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i don't get the angst over how tough it will be to make a schedule for a 16 team conference. its as hard as 2 plus 2. two 8 team divisions. play 4 two year segments of 2 teams home and away. thats a 9 game conference schedule. at the end of the 8 year cycle, everyone in one division will have all played everyone in the other. and there is no need for crossovers for rivalries. place the rivals in the same division. no problem. its exactly what the 12 did, except it was 3 teams on a 4 year cycle. the sec can't go 4 year cycles because that would mean 11 conference games.. thats not happening. so, easy peasy.
I think the biggest problem with that is that it doesn't actually feel like you're in the same conference as the other teams in the division if you only see them twice in eight years. It's a problem the SEC has right now.

The "Pod" system solution would mean you'd see everyone in a home and home every four years instead of an eight year cycle.

Nothing is perfect, but it'll get all sorted out. Personally just hoping for the pods so we get to see everyone twice every four years.
 
I think the biggest problem with that is that it doesn't actually feel like you're in the same conference as the other teams in the division if you only see them twice in eight years. It's a problem the SEC has right now.

The "Pod" system solution would mean you'd see everyone in a home and home every four years instead of an eight year cycle.

Nothing is perfect, but it'll get all sorted out. Personally just hoping for the pods so we get to see everyone twice every four years.
if it were a 4 year cycle, it would be an 11 conference game schedule. it doesn't matter if its 4 four team pods or 2 eight team divisions, there is still 16 teams. but i admit i haven't seen the pod scheduling. so i could be wrong, although it seems like 2 sides of the same coin, to me.
 

Ryan Chapman

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if it were a 4 year cycle, it would be an 11 conference game schedule. it doesn't matter if its 4 four team pods or 2 eight team divisions, there is still 16 teams. but i admit i haven't seen the pod scheduling. so i could be wrong, although it seems like 2 sides of the same coin, to me.
The pod scheduling would be a nine game schedule:

-Play all three of your pod-mates every year
-Home/Home with two teams in every other pod, then flip and do a home/home with the other half of the pods after two years

That way, every team plays everyone at least twice every four years and hosts them once.

The SEC already has scheduling problems -- Texas A&M has yet to host either Georgia or Kentucky as a member of the conference, the pods would mean you at least get to host everyone on a somewhat decent schedule.
 
The pod scheduling would be a nine game schedule:

-Play all three of your pod-mates every year
-Home/Home with two teams in every other pod, then flip and do a home/home with the other half of the pods after two years

That way, every team plays everyone at least twice every four years and hosts them once.

The SEC already has scheduling problems -- Texas A&M has yet to host either Georgia or Kentucky as a member of the conference, the pods would mean you at least get to host everyone on a somewhat decent schedule.
4 pods. u are one. what does half of the other 3 mean?
 
i guess. but to me 4 times 4, equals 8 times 2. it seems like either way, for all teams to play all teams outside a 4 team pod or 8 team divisions, equally, it will have to be a 8 year cycle. for a 9 game conference schedule. but i'm not a math major.
 
The pod scheduling would be a nine game schedule:

-Play all three of your pod-mates every year
-Home/Home with two teams in every other pod, then flip and do a home/home with the other half of the pods after two years

That way, every team plays everyone at least twice every four years and hosts them once.

The SEC already has scheduling problems -- Texas A&M has yet to host either Georgia or Kentucky as a member of the conference, the pods would mean you at least get to host everyone on a somewhat decent schedule.
i get it. only 3 annual inter division games. 6 crossovers. i see the math now. i guess it is so crazy that the idea blocked my problem solving abilities.
 

Ryan Chapman

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i get it. only 3 annual inter division games. 6 crossovers. i see the math now. i guess it is so crazy that the idea blocked my problem solving abilities.
Yeah it's certainly out there, but I don't see a better way without not seeing half the conference for decades on end
 
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