Originally posted on The Belly of the Beast  |  Last updated 4/24/13
Les Miles wants change to come to the cross-division format of the SEC schedule in which each team is assigned a permanent opponent from the other division.  Making a disturbing amount of sense, Miles said, "A key piece for any conference is to allow equal access for any champion." Miles' push for change is the result of the 2013 schedule, which calls for LSU to face Florida (its permanent opponent) and Georgia, while fellow West contenders Alabama and Texas A&M draw a mix of Tennessee, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and Missouri.  Last year, Georgia benefited from the schedule by playing Auburn and Ole Miss, while South Carolina, a team that beat Georgia 35-7, had to play LSU and Arkansas and ultimately missed out on a trip to Atlanta. While it's easy to complain about things not being fair, does Miles offer a solution to the problem?  Indeed he does, as he would be for a computer randomly selecting a team's cross-division opponents. At the very least, it is in fact a solution.  But computers and college football have not always mixed well over the past decade, which may make the people who make decisions a little uneasy about a computer in charge of scheduling. Count me as one who is interested in changing the cross-division scheduling format, but I'm not interested in turning that process over to computers.  I don't trust 'em.  They'll repeatedly ask you to install a patch that helps troubleshooting in Chinese go smoother, which is USELESS, the fan inside them starts making crazy noises if it has to do more than one function at a time, and then they make you watch five seconds of an advertisement before you can start mashing the mouse to skip the ad, but what pure AGONY that is. But, like I said earlier, it's always easy to complain without a solution.  So, I have prepared two solutions that involve somewhat randomness and the excitement of American game shows. The Wheel of Fortune version would leave all eight conference games at the mercy of the wheel.  Fortunately for some, it would involve no spelling or powers of deduction. The Price Is Right model would be used strictly for cross-division scheduling, but could be adapted for the entire schedule.  Clearly, The Price Is Right model would be way more fun, which is all I really want.  And if Les Miles ever hit the Kentucky and Tennessee/Missouri/Vanderbilt slots to win $10,000 of schedule joy, he'd have a REAL GOOD TIME.
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