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Schedule strength is SEC priority

Updated: April 29, 2014, 3:00 PM ET
By Alex Scarborough | ESPN.com

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The SEC chose not to stray too far from tradition as it announced Sunday night that longstanding non-divisional rivalries would remain a fixture of the league's eight-game conference schedule.

However, in a twist focused on improving strength of schedule, the SEC will begin mandating that each program incorporate an annual nonconference game against a power conference team starting in 2016.

Historical rivalries such as Alabama-Tennessee and Auburn-Georgia ...

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