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2016 - The Spaghetti Incident

This Season will be remembered as Spaghetti Incident of the SEC - the first year of nearly true parity. Just look at this who beat who chain...

Florida > Kentucky > Mississippi State > TAMU > Tennessee > Georgia > Auburn > LSU > Missouri > Vanderbilt > Ole Miss > TAMU > Arkansas > Florida > South Carolina > Tennessee > Kentucky > Missouri > Arkansas > Mississippi State > Ole Miss > Georgia > Kentucky > Vanderbilt > Tennessee > Florida > LSU > TAMU > Auburn > Vanderbilt > Georgia > South Carolina > Missouri > Arkansas > Ole Miss > TAMU > South Carolina > Vanderbilt > Georgia > Missouri > Arkansas > Florida > Vanderbilt > Tennessee > Florida > Georgia > Kentucky > South Carolina > Tennessee > Missouri > Arkansas > Mississippi State > South Carolina > Tennessee > Florida > Missouri > Arkansas > Florida > LSU > Ole Miss > TAMU > Auburn > Arkansas > Floria > LSU > Mississippi State > Ole Miss > TAMU > Auburn > Ole Miss > TAMU > Auburn > Mississippi State > South Carolina > Tennessee > Florida > LSU > Arkansas ....

Alabama is missing from the above because they're the meatball on the center of the plate and not one of the tangled up noodles. Anyway the chain lists each non-Alabama game in the conference at least once with repetitions kept to a minimum. I'll leave it to other nerds to see if there exists a shorter chain or one with fewer repetitions. Note that you have to get 11 schools in before the first repetition - TAMU occurs.

Is this an end of an era when schools like Georgia and Tennessee could treat Kentucky and Vanderbilt as extra bye weeks? Or is this a changing of the guard and if so which new dynasties are emerging. I dunno - I'm not football smart enough for that - but I thought the path trace was funny enough to share.

P.S. I'm a programmer for my day job - I might write a program to computationally work out the best matrix if anyone is interested.

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