Evidence showing the SEC schedule bias for Alabama and Auburn
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Evidence showing the SEC schedule bias for Alabama and Auburn
Posted by LSUAlum2001 on 7/23 at 11:51 am
Subject: Evidence mounts of a Scandal in the SEC

In case you haven't heard, there is a Conspiracy theory regarding the "SEC Bridge Schedules".

Conspiracy theories happen all of the time, however, when they become backed up by facts, they are no longer conspiracy theories.

In 2013, there are only 2 teams out of 14 that benefited by "SEC Bridge Schedules", care to take a guess who they are?

After researching every SEC West teams' rotating East opponents, it is clear that in 2013, the "SEC Bridge Schedule" was done with one purpose, to give an easier schedule to Alabama and Auburn.

In 2013, they are the only 2 teams who are playing an easier opponent than they should be playing and it is clear how it was done.

The SEC schedule creator swapped the opponent that Alabama was "Due" to play with LSU, and swapped Auburn's with Arkansas.

Alabama should be playing at Georgia in 2013 and LSU should be playing at Kentucky. Now, it's LSU at Georgia and Alabama at Kentucky.

Auburn should be playing at Florida in 2013 and Arkansas should be playing at Tennessee. Now, it's Arkansas at Florida and Auburn at Tennessee.

All of the facts needed to conclude how this was done are detailed in this email, which was sent to some of the SEC Athletic Directors and Head Coaches, along with some of the Media and those who work in the SEC Office. From here, it will be up to some of those in the media to pursue this and ask questions.

The Mountain of Evidence

Below are the 2 rotating SEC East opponents for all teams in the SEC West from 2007-2011. It is the most recent full rotation, and upon review, it becomes obvious if each team's opponent in 2012 and 2013 are justified and make sense. It is also clear to see who benefited most by the "SEC Bridge Schedule", and exactly how it was created.

Miss State
2007 - at South Carolina, Tennessee
2008 - at Tennessee, Vanderbilt
2009 - at Vanderbilt, Florida
2010 - at Florida, Georgia
2011 - at Georgia, South Carolina
2012 - Tennessee
2013 - at South Carolina

Miss State's opponents in 2012 and 2013 make sense. In 2007, they played Tennessee at home and South Carolina on the road. In 2012, they played Tennessee at home and in 2013, they will play South Carolina on the road.

Ole Miss
2007 - at Georgia, Florida
2008 - at Florida, South Carolina
2009 - at South Carolina, Tennessee
2010 - at Tennessee, Kentucky
2011 - at Kentucky, Georgia
2012 - at Georgia
2013 - Missouri

Ole Miss' opponents in 2012 and 2013 make sense. In 2007, they played Georgia on the road and in 2012, they played Georgia on the road. They will play Missouri in 2013 and since someone has to play Missouri, there is no problem.

Auburn
2007 - at Florida, Vanderbilt
2008 - at Vanderbilt, Tennessee
2009 - at Tennessee, Kentucky
2010 - at Kentucky, South Carolina
2011 - at South Carolina, Florida
2012 - at Vanderbilt
2013 - at Tennessee

Auburn played at Vanderbilt in 2012 and this does make sense, even tough they were "Due" to play at Florida. The reason is because Florida had to play LSU at home in 2012. Since Florida could only play 1 SEC West team at home in 2012, it does make sense that the "Schedule Creator" moved down to the next road game in the rotation, which was at Vanderbilt.

Auburn playing at Tennessee in 2013 makes zero sense. We'll get back to that after reviewing Arkansas' schedule.

Arkansas
2007 - at Tennessee, Kentucky
2008 - at Kentucky, Florida
2009 - at Florida, Georgia
2010 - at Georgia, Vanderbilt
2011 - at Vanderbilt, Tennessee
2012 - Kentucky
2013 - at Florida

Arkansas played Kentucky at home in 2012, just like they did in 2007. This makes sense.

In 2013, Arkansas plays at Florida, even though they were "Due" to play at Tennessee like in 2007. In 2013, Auburn is "Due" to play at Florida, however, the "Schedule Creator" swapped these games. Now, Auburn is playing at Tennessee, and Arkansas is playing at Florida. The only reason to do this is to give a clear advantage to Auburn in 2013.

Alabama
2007 - at Vanderbilt, Georgia
2008 - at Georgia, Kentucky
2009 - at Kentucky, South Carolina
2010 - at South Carolina, Florida
2011 - at Florida, Vanderbilt
2012 - at Missouri
2013 - at Kentucky

Alabama played at Missouri in 2012 and since someone had to play at Missouri, there is no problem.

In 2013, Alabama is "Due" to play at Vanderbilt, however, in 2013 Vanderbilt has to play their permanent opponent, Ole Miss at home, and since they can only play 1 SEC West team at home, it does make sense that Alabama could not play at Vanderbilt in 2013.

Next in the rotation is for Alabama to play at Georgia in 2013, however, they are playing at Kentucky, which makes zero sense. We'll get back to that after reviewing LSU's schedule.

LSU
2007 - at Kentucky, South Carolina
2008 - at South Carolina, Georgia
2009 - at Georgia, Vanderbilt
2010 - at Vanderbilt, Tennessee
2011 - at Tennessee, Kentucky
2012 - South Carolina
2013 - at Georgia

In 2012, LSU played South Carolina at home, just like in 2007. This makes sense.

In 2013, LSU plays at Georgia, even though they were "Due" to play at Kentucky, like they did in 2007. In 2013, since Alabama could not play at Vanderbilt (Mentioned Above), next in their rotation was to play at Georgia, however the "Schedule Creator" swapped these games. Now, Alabama is playing at Kentucky, and LSU is playing at Georgia. The only reason to do this is to give a clear advantage to Alabama in 2013.

Texas A&M
2012 - Florida
2013 - Vanderbilt

There is no problem with Texas A&M's schedule. They had to play someone, so why not Florida and Vanderbilt, a tough opponent in 2012, followed by an easier opponent in 2013.


This post was edited on 7/24 at 10:51 pm

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Posted by LSUAlum2001 on 7/23 at 11:52 am to LSUAlum2001
Looking at the SEC East teams in 2012 and 2013.

Missouri
2012 - Alabama
2013 - at Ole Miss

There is no problem with Missouri's schedule. They had to play someone, so why not Alabama and Ole Miss, and just like Texas A&M, a tough opponent in 2012, followed by an easier opponent in 2013.

South Carolina
2012 - at LSU
2013 - Miss State

There is no problem with South Carolina's schedule. These are the same exact games that South Carolina played in 2007. This makes sense.

Vanderbilt
2012 - Auburn
2013 - at Texas A&M

There is no problem with Vanderbilt's schedule. In 2012, Auburn was "Due" to play at Florida, however, that could not happen because LSU was playing at Florida. Next in Auburn's rotation was to play at Vanderbilt in 2012, so this makes sense. In 2013, someone has to play Texas A&M, so why not Vanderbilt.

Florida
2012 - at Texas A&M
2013 - Arkansas

In 2012, since someone had to play at Texas A&M, there is no problem here.

In 2013, they are playing Arkansas, while they should be playing Auburn. From Florida's perspective, this is a "Wash", since not much is expected by Arkansas and Auburn in 2013, you can conclude that Florida is not receiving any benefit by playing Arkansas instead of Auburn.

Tennessee
2012 - at Miss State
2013 - Auburn

In 2012, Tennessee played at Miss State, just like in 2007. This makes sense.

In 2013, they are playing Auburn, while they should be playing Arkansas. Just like Florida, from Tennessee's perspective, this is a "Wash", since not much is expected by Auburn and Arkansas in 2013, you can conclude that Tennessee is not receiving any benefit by playing Auburn instead of Arkansas.

Georgia
2012 - Ole Miss
2013 - LSU

In 2012, Georgia played Ole Miss, just like in 2007. This makes sense.

In 2013, they are playing LSU instead of Alabama. From Georgia's perspective, this is a "Wash", since both LSU and Alabama are 2 of the best teams in the West, you can conclude that Georgia is not receiving any benefit by playing LSU instead of Alabama.

Kentucky
2012 - at Arkansas
2013 - Alabama

In 2012, Kentucky played at Arkansas, just like in 2007. This makes sense.

In 2013, they are playing Alabama instead of LSU. Just like Georgia, from Kentucky's perspective, this is a "Wash", since both Alabama and LSU are 2 of the best teams in the West, you can conclude that Kentucky is not receiving any benefit by playing Alabama instead of LSU.

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Conclusion

If you are going to accuse someone of being dishonest or cheating, it is a good idea to have all of the facts to back up your claim.

Conspiracy theories happen all of the time, however, when they become backed up by facts, they are no longer conspiracy theories.

These are the facts and they back up the claim that the "SEC Bridge Schedules" were created with one purpose in mind, to give Alabama an easier schedule.

Granted, in 2012, someone from the West had to play Missouri, in addition to Texas A&M, and on paper it could have been any of the other 6 teams in the West. So, while it may difficult to claim that scheduling Alabama at Missouri in 2012 was dishonest or improper, when you combine it with the scheduling fiasco in 2013, it becomes crystal clear that Alabama's games against Missouri and Kentucky in 2012 and 2013, were both scheduled to provide a clear benefit to Alabama.

In 2013, Alabama and Auburn are the only 2 teams that received a benefit by the "SEC Bridge Schedule". With the sole purpose of providing Alabama with an easier schedule, perhaps the "Schedule Creator" decided to included another team, so that it would not be so obvious as to what he was doing. The fact that he picked Auburn is just another slap in the face to everyone in the SEC, outside of the state of Alabama.

To sum up, Alabama and Auburn received an improper scheduling benefit in 2013. This was accomplished by a blatant form of dishonesty or cheating by the creator of the "SEC Bridge Schedule". There is no doubt about it, and it is crystal clear how it was done and which teams were affected. Any response by the SEC Office to justify these actions will not have the facts on their side.

What was the motivation for doing this?

In 2013, Alabama and LSU are expected to be 2 of the best teams in the SEC West. Any loss could impact who wins the division and advances to the SEC Championship Game, and perhaps to the BCS National Championship Game. There are 6 teams from the SEC that could start the season in the Top 10, (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina, Texas A&M).

In 2013, playing less games against these 6 teams is advantageous to playing more games against them. With that in mind, here are the results of the "SEC Bridge Schedule".

Number of games against the Top 6 SEC teams

2 - Alabama (LSU, Texas A&M)
2 - Texas A&M (Alabama, LSU)
2 - South Carolina (Florida, Georgia)
3 - Florida (Georgia, LSU, South Carolina)
3 - Georgia (Florida, LSU, South Carolina)
4 - LSU (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Texas A&M)

Again, any response by the SEC Office to justify the "Bridge Schedule" will not have the facts on their side.



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Posted by LSUAlum2001 on 7/23 at 11:53 am to LSUAlum2001
Poster named Keyser Soze put this together, emailed it out and posted in on TR.

In short form: Alabama should be playing @ UGA due to the rotation of coming back on their schedule, and we should be playing @ UK.

However, the SEC bridge schedule guy switched it up and made us go to UGA and Alabama to UK in 2013.


This post was edited on 7/23 at 11:55 am

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Posted by Cap Crunch on 7/23 at 11:53 am to LSUAlum2001
Am I the only one that just doesn't give a frick anymore?


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Posted by Tiger1242 on 7/23 at 11:54 am to LSUAlum2001
Nobody is reading stuff they've seen 100 times just because it's well thought out


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Posted by Tiger_n_ATL on 7/23 at 11:55 am to LSUAlum2001
good luck but nothing will happen


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Posted by LSUAlum2001 on 7/23 at 11:55 am to Cap Crunch
quote:

Am I the only one that just doesn't give a frick anymore?


As soon as we stop giving a frick, they will do it again.



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Posted by ValentiTiger on 7/23 at 11:57 am to Cap Crunch
quote:

Am I the only one that just doesn't give a frick anymore?


Win the games they give you. Thats all you can do. It sucks but do you expect them to toughen up Alabama's schedule and even it out?



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Posted by Jwodie on 7/23 at 11:58 am to Cap Crunch
quote:

Am I the only one that just doesn't give a frick anymore?


This shite matters. The problem is, the damage (our currently set 2013 schedule, Bama winning it all last year and even sniffing the title game in 2011) is already done. Not only that, but the more we bitch about it the more we look like whiners. All that being said, something needs to be done about this bull shite.



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Posted by Geauxld Finger on 7/23 at 11:59 am to Cap Crunch
quote:

Am I the only one that just doesn't give a frick anymore?


the evidence is obvious and damning, but it really doesn't matter. It's good fodder for the talking heads but will garner no results in reality.



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Posted by Grit-Eating Shin on 7/23 at 12:00 pm to LSUAlum2001
WRT UGA, why in the bloody hell are we playing them in Athens? The last time we met in the regular season was 2009, when we played at Georgia.


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Posted by LSUAlum2001 on 7/23 at 12:01 pm to Grit-Eating Shin
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WRT UGA, why in the bloody hell are we playing them in Athens? The last time we met in the regular season was 2009, when we played at Georgia.


The answer is obvious.



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Posted by Cap Crunch on 7/23 at 12:02 pm to LSUAlum2001
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As soon as we stop giving a frick, they will do it again.

Have they stopped doing it?


My point is, we've all hear everything there is to say about this, over and over, and over again. We all know that we got screwed Bama got the easy schedule. I just don't care to discuss it anymore.



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Posted by lsuhunt555 on 7/23 at 12:02 pm to Cap Crunch
quote:

Am I the only one that just doesn't give a frick anymore?


Its not that I dont give a frick, its that its not going away...so whatever.



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Posted by NonSense on 7/23 at 12:03 pm to Geauxld Finger
Why is Spurrier's suggestion that only division games should count towards division titles ignored?

It's all schedule schedule schedule. This seemed like a great solution to a schedule that will never be fair.

Heard zero on that during media days.



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Posted by BobBoucher on 7/23 at 12:08 pm to lsuhunt555
TD has created national stories before. We just need this one to grow some legs. There's enough anti-Bama and anti-SEC ppl out there who will listen.


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Posted by TIGRLEE on 7/23 at 12:10 pm to Cap Crunch
I give a grand total of zero fricks.

For some reason I'm looking more frwd to our trip to bama and Athens than Nashville or Columbus mo.



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Posted by Cap Crunch on 7/23 at 12:11 pm to TIGRLEE
I cannot wait for the trip to Athens


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Posted by TIGRLEE on 7/23 at 12:11 pm to Cap Crunch
Been twice.
Good trip.



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Posted by Grit-Eating Shin on 7/23 at 12:12 pm to Cap Crunch
I can understand not wanting to give a frick anymore, but I feel that this message must be repeated over and over, until it's common knowledge amongst every college football fan in America. Anything that can be done to help expose the bias towards alabama (which has been ongoing my entire life) is a net positive.


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