I don't like this argument much. The bottom line is that we have to beat Alabama. All the SOS arguments go out the window if we can't beat the team that matters. We can lose one of those other games (UGA or UF) as long as we beat Bama. If we swapped out UGA or UF with a weaker east opponent, guess what, we still have to beat Bama. I'll take the schedule with more quality teams on it as it makes for a hell of a season (2011).
PacWilly, the counter to that is that it leaves LSU with a margin of error of just one game. If Bama projects to go undefeated due to excellence/advantageous scheduling, your season is over if you lose to them. Perfection every single year as a prerequisite for the division title is a ridiculous expectation. Even if LSU beats Bama, what are the chances they go unscathed against Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and A&M?
If Bama loses to LSU, what are the chances they still win the rest of their games? Still pretty good.
I know we have to beat Bama. There's no getting around that, and Bama has to deal with us. The issue is that Bama doesn't have to deal with Florida, Georgia and South Carolina... and we do.
I respect the chest-beating aspect of saying "frick it, we're LSU, we're not afraid of anyone, we got this." You and others like you are awesome for saying that. But those who are creating this situation are counting on you to say that. You're playing right into their hands. This isn't about who's a pussy and who's not. It's about what's logical and fair. After all LSU has accomplished in and for the SEC over the years, don't you feel a level playing field is the LEAST we deserve?