The big boys of college football. The SEC is bigger than just Alabama. They have LSU, Georgia, Texas A&M, Florida, and Auburn as well. This conference is the best in the country and they know it. Having lived in SEC country most of my life, I can tell you that most SEC fans honestly view BYU on the same level as East Carolina, Colorado State or Troy.
The SEC is mostly as the conference says, in the Southeast of the country with states including Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Florida and Kentucky. Missouri and Texas A&M are also in the conference but feel a bit on the outside.
Why BYU could be invited: Well, there isn’t a lot here, but let’s say that the Big 12 picked off Missouri (former Big 12 team) and then the SEC decided to drop Vanderbilt. That would open up two spots in the conference. The SEC would almost certainly want to stay local, likely targeting either other P5 teams, or teams like Memphis, UCF, or Cincinnati. But again, let’s assume that the AAC stays in tact and the SEC goes out west and picks up BYU and Boise State.
BYU would add a historic aspect to the conference, but again, it isn’t like the SEC is lacking in that category. Finally, the SEC isn’t the same “smash mouth football” conference it once was. Ten years ago, a team like BYU would never play in the SEC because the SEC was a run first conference and was proud of that. Today with Miss State running the Air Raid and Alabama even passing more this conference would fit BYU’s style.
Why BYU won’t be invited. Because it is the SEC.
Chance of happening: 1%