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Missouri punter Corey Fatony (26) almost has his punt blocked by the LSU defense including LSU cornerback Kevin Toliver II (2) during the first half of the LSU Missouri football game Saturday Oct. 1, 2016, in Tiger Stadium.

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG

Imagine the Southeastern Conference's Western Division with Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M -- and Missouri. Not Auburn.

Having Auburn go to the Eastern Division and Missouri moving to the Western Division is an idea floated by former Auburn coach Pat Dye and publicly supported by Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs.

At the SEC Spring Meeting in Destin this week, commissioner Greg Sankey shot down the topic and said it won't be discussed.

But it's still fun to think about, right?

Of course, Auburn's primary motivation for floating the move appears to be escaping the SEC West for football reasons, thanks to the dominance of its fiercest rival, Alabama, in the past 10 years.

As Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples points out, moving Auburn to the East would create a host of questions. Such as...

How would annual cross-division rivalries work? Auburn-Alabama would become the Tigers' cross-division rivalry game. But the Crimson Tide likely wouldn't enjoy that much since Bama would lose its cross-division rival, Tennessee, whom it has beaten up on lately.

The move, at least at the moment, would be pleasing to LSU. A conference game against Missouri instead of Auburn would be appealing, based on the schools' respective football prowess.

Click here to read Staples' full column, which goes even further to explain why moving Alabama and Auburn to the East isn't as foolish as you might think.