SEC football coaches have voted 13-1 to stay with an eight-game conference schedule, although it has been noted eventually, this will go up a notch, ESPN has reported.

The one coach who voted against staying with eight games was Alabama’s Nick Saban.

Florida coach Will Muschamp said that it’s going to happen in the future: “Personally, I think we’ll end up moving to nine (conference) games eventually….My personal opinion (is) you create an SEC Network, at the end of the day, it’s going to be driven by the dollar, and having those games is going to be important, and having enough quality games on television promoting a nine-game SEC regular season, in my opinion, will eventually happen.”

The word ‘schedule’ has been quite the topic of discussion at the SEC Media Days in Destin this week. Les Miles is crying out for the SEC to do away with the ‘one permanent’ rival, saying that it favors one school and not another – LSU’s permanent opponent is Florida. Nick Saban said that he wasn’t overly upset having Florida as an opponent – although it must be noted during his four years in Baton Rouge, LSU went 1-3 against the Gators.

Steve Spurrier told a news conference: “One thing I think we all have to realize is that nobody said it’s going to always be fair…We all know last year that Georgia did not play the top three on the Western side — Alabama, LSU or Texas A&M. But a lot of people don’t know that Alabama didn’t play the top three on the Eastern side — us, Florida or Georgia. Those are the two that won the division.”

One thing that is making the tongues waggle is the movement downwards of SEC attendance this year, with students and not-high-profile games getting blamed for the downwards trajectory.

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