LSU really wants you to know it does not like the SEC's continuation of the eight-game schedule format.
A day after athletic director Joe Alleva expressed his disapproval for the format, it was coach Les Miles' turn. Miles said the "bias of the schedule" was "disproportionate." In other words, he described it as only Miles could.
“We play the toughest schedule in America in our conference, and then we have the bias of the permanent partner,” Miles told the Baton Rouge Advocate on Monday. “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.”
As part of continuing the eight-game schedule, the SEC kept the permanent rivalry game for each team. That means LSU plays Florida every season. Over the last ten years it's been a pretty even matchup. LSU has won six and Florida has won four. In five of those seasons, the winner has gone on to appear in the BCS National Championship.
However, LSU wasn't in favor of expanding to nine games, either. It wanted the SEC to stay at eight games and remove the rivalry game, instead adding in another rotating game with a team from another conference. But since the school didn't get its way, it's on the attack against the schedule.
And while you may see the complaint about playing Florida every season as valid – despite the Gators' poor performance last year – the complaint about having to play a BCS team starting in 2016 is not. As the Advocate points out, LSU has major-conference opponents already scheduled from 2014-2017 and 2020-2024.
Plus, LSU played TCU last season and Oregon in 2011. The program isn't avoiding major conference teams, with or without a conference requirement.
In a league with 14 teams, it's impossible to placate every member. While the continuation of the schedule was obviously the consensus of the group, LSU is intent on making us all aware that it wasn't part of it.
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