So, why did we have to keep South Carolina instead of Kentucky?
Before A&M entered the league, LSU was scheduled to play SC at home and UK on the road. One of those games had to go, of course. A&M had to be added to the schedule one way or the other...either at home or on the road. If A&M had been a home game this year, LSU would have had to go on the road for both Eastern Division games (UK and UF) and would have had 4 West Division games at home and only 2 West Division games on the road.
The way it worked out balanced the schedule. By swapping a road game with Kentucky for a road game with A&M, LSU played one East team at home and one East team away...and played 3 West teams at home and 3 West teams away.
Yeah it would have been nice not to lose UK from the schedule this year....but can you imagine having to play 4 West teams on the road next year???(Alabama, A&M, MSU, and Ole Miss)?
I like rotating A&M and Alabama home/away each year...it guarantees that one or the other will be on the home schedule each year.