LSU’s athletic director Joe Alleva slammed the SEC’s scheduling format last night with a written statement to Louisiana media members. You can read it here.
Today, it was Les Miles’ turn.
Miles basically told The Advocate the SEC leaders reaffirmed a biased schedule by keeping the 6-1-1 format, including the LSU-despised permanent cross-divisional game against Florida.
“We play the toughest schedule in America in our conference, and then we have the bias of the permanent partner,” Miles told The Advocate. “We’re now also being mandated to take a BCS team. The bias of the schedule continues to be disproportionate. Fundamentally fair is not something they’ve given great thought to.”
LSU has dominated non-conference foes from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 during the BCS era to the tune of 11-2 (.846). That’s the biggest margin in the SEC against the same competition. So, the additional non-conference foe isn’t what’s irking Miles and Alleva; it’s having to play Florida every year, when others get perceived lesser rides.
As my esteemed colleague Kevin wrote last May, fairness doesn’t belong in the SEC, and he pointed out that the uneven, asymmetrical nature of college football is what makes the sport unique. Playing Florida every year should actually help the strength of schedule argument for LSU, who will always be in the upper tier of the conference and in championship contention.
The best part about what Les Miles told The Advocate is that he referred to himself in the third person, as only he would do.
“(LSU president) King Alexander, Joe Alleva and Les Miles stand in full agreement,” Miles said.
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