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Your take: Should the SEC base divison champs on division wins?

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LSU coach Les Miles wants the SEC to examine how it chooses its division champions.

Miles, who was speaking in Birmingham at a luncheon for the Changed Lives Christian Center, said he was in favor of counting just games within the division toward the division title.

"I want the schedule to be fair and I want it to give everybody the same opportunity," Miles told the Birmingham News. "I'm for the Western Division deciding the Western Division champion and the Eastern Division deciding the Eastern Division champion."

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier suggested the same idea, but SEC commissioner Mike Slive said he didn't think it would be fair to make some games more important than others. However, the intense rivalry games between teams from the East and West Divisions have often made the road to the division title difficult. LSU currently plays Florida every year in its cross-divisional rivalry game while Alabama plays Tennessee. In the past, Florida has been a much tougher opponent than the Vols.

Currently, those cross-divisional rivalries don't appear to be going anywhere. With the addition of Texas A&M and Missouri this season, the league is scheduled to play six division games, one cross-divisional rivalry game and one rotating game against a team from the opposite division.

"Eventually they will realize it doesn't benefit either team," Miles told the paper. "If you would go back and look at the number of wins historically since 2000, I think you'll find LSU, Georgia, Florida and Alabama would be right in that mix. I think you should seed those people away from each other if you want an opportunity for the best teams to be the best teams without eliminating each other's opportunity of winning."

What do you think about the Miles-Spurrier plan? Should the SEC pick its division champs based on division games? Or should the teams with the best overall records — regardless of whom they play — continue to represent in Atlanta?

This isn't a novel concept. Most sports and others college football conferences base their division champs on division wins and use the overall conference wins as a tiebreaker. It seems like the fairest way to pick division champions.

What's your take?

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