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?
Not to mention Bama's margin for error is TWO games against LSU, along with finishing THIRD in the SEC. Much different standard that you can tack on to their already rediculously easy schedule, which is another huge advantage.
That is the whole point of this post, it is what is fair. Look no one is saying that Bama is not a good team, they are period end of story. No one is saying that Bama does not have a good coach, they do. No one is saying the LSU is not a good team, they are. I am not saying Miles is not a good coach "although I realize some people don't think he is" I am not saying that.
What I am saying is it should be an equal playing field for all teams period and it is not. It is a given that you have to play everyone in your own division. And I get it that the SEC offices have forced everyone to have a rival from the cross division "I personally don't agree with it, but it is what it is" but for the SEC to schedule UK for Bama when first and foremost they know IT WILL NOT BE A GOOD GAME, and second to just hand Bama a victory when they could be tested against UF, UGA or USC just reeks of bias. Think about it, would college football fans rather see Bama vs UK or Bama vs UGA, UF or USC.
My point being the only team that benefits from the schedule is Bama and it is not only not good for the SEC in general it does not put all the teams on a level playing field.
I am not afraid for LSU to play any team, I just want all the teams in the SEC to have equally tough schedules "as much as it can be done" and setting up cross division games that actually are equal in strength can and will make a difference. The SEC office has the time to get it right to make it fair to all teams and not beneficial to their home state team.
This post was edited on 1/22 at 10:56 am