In just his second season as Georgia’s starting quarterback, Murray established himself as one of the SEC’s top quarterbacks as he threw for 3,149 yards and a school single-season record 35 touchdowns in 2011. Murray earned second-team All-SEC honors after leading the conference in touchdown passes, finishing second in passing yards and fifth in passing efficiency. Murray needs just 14 touchdown passes in his junior season in 2012 to become the Bulldogs’ career leader. Murray also had 111 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground, making him responsible for a total of 37 touchdowns in 2011, another school single-season record. He had a least one touchdown pass in all but one game last season, had three games in which he threw four touchdown passes, and tossed a career-high five against New Mexico State.
LSU's lame-duck Chancellor wants to end permanent cross division rivals:
“I will try to make the case” for abandoning permanent opponents, Martin said Saturday. “I will make the case for LSU. I think we at least have a shot.”
Martin said he has an ally for eliminating permanent opponents in South Carolina President Harris Pastides. But it is a small band of resistance.
Alleva said 11 of the 14 SEC schools are in favor of retaining permanent opponents — including Florida, the Tigers’ permanent SEC East opponent. LSU has maintained in the past that Florida also wanted to eliminate their annual game.
“I don’t think it’s fair,” Alleva said. “I think people have voted in the best interests of their schools and not the league.”
In what from an LSU perspective is a more appealing football scheduling plan, Alleva said he expects that new SEC member and longtime LSU rival Texas A&M will become the Tigers’ season-ending opponent, filling a slot on the Tigers’ schedule that has been occupied by Arkansas since the Razorbacks joined the conference in 1992.
LSU will play at Arkansas to end the season this year and probably next, with the switch likely coming in 2014, Alleva said.
LSU plays at Texas A&M on Oct. 20 this season. Starting in 2014, the Arkansas game will likely occupy a similar midseason slot on the Tigers’ schedule, Alleva said.
The SEC is expected to announce by Friday what will be a 6-1-1 football scheduling format.
A school would play the other six teams from its division, one permanent opponent from the opposite division and another opponent from the other division on a rotating basis.
LSU’s complaint about permanent opponents is twofold.
One is the potential for competitive imbalance. LSU has to play a perennial SEC power in Florida, a program that has made more SEC Championship Game appearances than any team and joins LSU and Alabama as the only schools to win two BCS national titles.
Conversely, Mississippi State plays Kentucky and Ole Miss plays Vanderbilt each year. Kentucky and Vanderbilt are traditionally near the bottom of the SEC East standings and the only two schools in that division to have never played in the SEC Championship Game.
The other issue is how infrequently a school like LSU would play the other six teams from the SEC East.
Using this season’s temporary scheduling format and LSU’s home game with South Carolina as a guide, the Tigers potentially would play at South Carolina in 2013 and not see the Gamecocks rotate back onto their schedule until 2024.
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