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SEC has successfully balanced powers between divisions

Gus Malzahn is right when he says that “geographically it makes sense” for Auburn to move to the SEC East.

But from a competitive standpoint, it’s hard to argue that the SEC has gotten it right in terms of the division of power in football.

There have been 25 SEC Championship Games, but only six programs have ever won. Three each from the East (Florida, Tennessee and Georgia) and the West (Alabama, LSU and Auburn).

In total number of wins, the series was tied at 11 apiece until Alabama won the last three to give the West a 14-11 edge.

And that’s the rub. The West has been dominant in recent years, winning eight straight by an average score of 43-19. But that domination comes on the heels of the East being dominant.

Who knows when the balance of power will swing back the other way. But we do know there are only six programs that have shown they have what it takes to win the SEC Championship Game. And those six are now perfectly divided between the divisions.

For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Nuts and Bolts of the Game.

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