it is a fact that lsu's schedule got tougher and bama's got easier.
I laid it all out in another thread. LINK
Had expansion not taken place, each of clear preseason favorites (LSU/USC & Bama/UGA) were scheduled to play each other. LSU/USC obviously happened and knocked USC out of the race despite pounding UGA. UGA/Bama were scheduled to play in both '12 and '13, and will not play at all. The only other series that had the same fate was UF/Ole Miss.
The fact is, deliberate changes were made that resulted in LSU playing a much more difficult slate, and Alabama playing a much easier slate avoiding the top team in the east both years of the bridge schedule. Was it done purposly to benifit Bama? I can't say.
This post was edited on 12/5 at 10:34 am