Here's the final version, McManus (Keyser Soze) (Final Draft) 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 teams' rotating opponents, it is clear that in 2013, the "SEC Bridge Schedule" was created with intentional deceit and dishonesty, resulting in a scheduling advantage for Alabama and Auburn.
In 2013, they are the only 2 teams in the SEC, 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 opponent 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 report. Background
What is the “SEC Bridge Schedule”?
In 2012, the SEC expanded from 12 to 14 teams, adding Missouri and Texas A&M. Prior to 2012, the SEC had 2 divisions with 6 teams, and a 5-1-2 scheduling format, totaling 8 conference games for each team. This means that each team would play the other 5 teams in their division, plus 1 permanent opponent from the other division, plus 2 rotating opponents from the other division.
After Missouri and Texas A&M joined the conference, there became 2 divisions with 7 teams, and the format changed to a 6-1-1 format, still totaling 8 conference games for each team. Every team would now play 6 teams from their division, 1 permanent opponent from the other division, and 1 rotating opponent from the other division.
In 2012 and 2013, the SEC called the schedule a “Bridge Schedule”. Every team would still play the 6 teams from their division and their permanent opponent from the other division. However, the rotating opponent would be selected by the SEC, and the conference stated that this opponent would not be based on any previous or future scheduling format. The SEC basically said that there would be no rhyme or reason as to how these schedules would be created. A Joe Pesci quote from the movie “JFK” sums up the SEC’s position on the “SEC Bridge Schedules”….“It’s a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma!”
This report will present evidence that proves that the SEC made a false statement, and that the “Bridge Schedule” was based on previous scheduling formats, and that intentional deceit and dishonesty occurred in the scheduling of 4 games. The Mountain of Evidence
In order to understand how the “SEC Bridge Schedules” were created, it is necessary to view the most recent full rotation of rotating opponents from previous seasons. It is not necessary to view each team’s entire schedule from each season, since it is understood that each team played the other teams in their division, along with their permanent opponent from the other division. The permanent opponents are the following, Miss State / Kentucky, Ole Miss / Vanderbilt, Auburn / Georgia, Arkansas / South Carolina, Alabama / Tennessee, LSU / Florida, and Texas A&M / Missouri.
Presented are the 2 rotating opponents for the original 12 teams 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 based on the previous schedule rotation and makes sense, by playing the team that they were “Due” to play. It will also be obvious when the opponents don’t make sense and when games were swapped, and clearly who benefited most when this occurred. This evidence details exactly how the "SEC Bridge Schedules" were created. Looking at the SEC West teams 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 this makes sense, since someone has to play Missouri. 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 though they were "Due" to play at Florida, like in 2007. 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 that they were ‘Due” to play, which was at Vanderbilt.
Auburn playing at Tennessee in 2013 makes zero sense, since they were still “Due” to play at Florida. 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 in 2007. This makes sense.
Arkansas playing at Florida in 2013 makes zero sense, since 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.
Florida is expected to be a much stronger team than Tennessee in 2013, so the only reason to swap these games is to give a clear advantage to Auburn. 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 this makes sense, since someone had to play at Missouri.
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, Alabama could not play at Vanderbilt in 2013.
Next in the rotation, Alabama is “Due” 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.
This post was edited on 7/25 at 12:44 am