Birmingham, Ala. -

The Southeastern Conference has decided to stick with its current football scheduling format of eight league games and a permanent non-division rival.
    
The conference's presidents and chancellors approved the schedule format Sunday at a special meeting in Atlanta.
    
The one change to the SEC's schedule format will affect non-conference scheduling. Starting in 2016, all SEC teams will be required to play at least one game against a team from one of the other Big 5 conferences. But even that rule shouldn't change much. Every SEC school routinely plays at least one team from those conferences per season.
    
The SEC had been considering adding a ninth conference game and doing away with permanent inter-division opponents such as Alabama-Tennessee and LSU-Florida.