Found May 25, 2013 on College Spun:
Surely Les Miles isn’t scared of facing any team, right? Well, the 2008 BCS Championship-winning head coach known as “The Mad Hatter” has been doing some complaining about the SEC scheduling recently, arguing that LSU has to face an unfair path every season. SEC scheduling is weird — CBSSports’ Tony Barnhart explains it well: “Under the SEC’s current 6-1-1 scheduling format, teams play six opponents in their division, a permanent opponent in the other division, with one opponent rotating on an annual basis [...] Permanent crossover opponents have been in place since the SEC expanded to 12 teams and went to divisional play in 1992. It was done, more than anything else, to preserve two of the most storied rivalries in college football.” The two rivalries being referred to are Auburn-Georgia and Alabama-Tennesee. LSU’s permanent opponent is the Florida Gators, and Miles doesn’t think that that’s fair. The logic is that he and LSU have to deal with an “extra” powerhouse each year, in
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