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Les Miles takes aim at new SEC scheduling policies

Les Miles

The SEC will enforce a new scheduling policy requiring all SEC members to schedule at least one game against a school from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten or Pac-12. The new policy also locks in cross-division games that will be played annually. LSU Athletics Director Joe Alleva has already sounded off against the new policy, and head coach Les Miles is joining him in unison.

“We play the toughest schedule in America in our conference, and then we have the bias of the permanent partner,” Miles told The Advocate on Monday. LSU is paired with Florida in the conference’s locked cross-division match-ups. It is the protected crossover games that was a point of contention for Alleva as well.

LSU has played either Florida or Georgia in crossover games 19 times since 2000. Alabama has played those two SEC East powers just nine times in regular season play over that same span. This is one of the problems with an eight-game conference schedule for a 14-member conference. But Miles took aim at the non-conference scheduling portion of the new policy, one that seems to be of little concern for LSU.

“We’re now also being mandated to take a BCS team,” Miles said. “The bias of the schedule continues to be disproportionate. Fundamentally fair is not something they’ve given great thought to.”

Miles may have forgotten LSU is already scheduled to play at least one school from a BCS AQ conference through 2024, with the exception of 2018 and 2019 for the time being. Those games were scheduled before the SEC put together the new scheduling policy, but it certainly looks as though scheduling non-conference games the way LSU will now be required to do is no problem for Miles and the Tigers. So that seems like an empty punch from Miles.

Take a look at the games LSU has scheduled against teams from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten or Pac-12…

2014: Wisconsin (in Houston, Texas)

2015: at Syracuse

2016: Wisconsin (in Green Bay, Wisconsin)

2017: Syracuse, NC State (maybe)

2020: NC State, Penn State (maybe)

2021: at UCLA

2022: at Arizona State

2023: Arizona State

2024: UCLA

There is a home-and-home agreement with Oklahoma that still needs to find dates that work for both schools. Ideally for LSU, inserting the games in the 2018 and 2019 seasons would seem to be the best fit. Doing so would satisfy the scheduling requirement for the only years in non-conference play not yet scheduled in full. The problem is Oklahoma already has started setting non-conference games for those seasons with two games against UCLA and one against Army already booked.

Helmet sticker to for the future LSU schedule info. 

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12 Responses to “Les Miles takes aim at new SEC scheduling policies”
  1. Bob says: Apr 28, 2014 4:46 PM

    LSU has open dates in 2018 and ’19 because its series with Oklahoma was originally supposed to be during those years.

    The ideal solution for the competitive-balance issue and to keep permanent cross-division opponents would be a ninth conference game. But the SEC teams want to keep four non-conference games so they can schedule three home games every year against creampuffs and still have room to play a BCS nonconference team every year. This protects Alabama and Auburn’s rivalries with Tennessee and Georgia and forces other schools to have find nonconference opponents to even themselves up with Florida-FSU, Georgia-Georgia Tech, Louisville-Kentucky, etc.

  2. overratedgators says: Apr 28, 2014 4:46 PM

    “We play the toughest schedule in America”, said the man who’s team played what Sagarin’s ranked the 25th hardest schedule in America.

  3. brianincbus says: Apr 28, 2014 5:02 PM

    Teams get better and worse. It was nice to play Florida and Georgia this year instead of some other $EC teams.

  4. thekatman says: Apr 28, 2014 5:07 PM

    The toughest schedule? You’ve got to be kidding me.
    Since when has FL, TN, GA, been a tough schedule?
    If the SEC wishes to continue playing non-AQ, OOC FCS teams, then the SEC teams should be penalized for playing FCS teams.

    Another alternative is for the college football schedule to be 9-10 games that count towards the playoffs, and the first 2-3 games would be exhibition / pre season games, thus the SEC can play any high school they wish. It’s just those wins would not count towards any sort of playoff rankings.

    It’s parity amongst all of the FBS conferencs to play the same number of conference games or else the playoff system will be another BCS joke.

  5. thraiderskin says: Apr 28, 2014 5:23 PM

    I don’t understand LSU’s gripe… they pretty much are operating under the system now. Is it because, now, they are being told they have to?

  6. hrudey says: Apr 28, 2014 5:32 PM

    “Since when has FL, TN, GA, been a tough schedule?”

    I suppose the 2012-13 season has been lost to the sands of time? That’s the season that Georgia was yards away from winning the SEC title game against an Alabama team that won the national title, and Florida went 11-1 in the regular season and played in a BCS bowl game (where Teddy Bridgewater dominated them).

    But, yes, FL, TN, and GA has been a relatively weak set of games for literally year.

  7. auburntigers34 says: Apr 28, 2014 6:03 PM

    Auburn’s played UGA and UF 19 times since 2000 also. But Jay Jacobs and Gus Malzahn aren’t crying about it. LSU needs to suck it up and quit pouting.

  8. irishfbfan1 says: Apr 28, 2014 9:10 PM

    Every single time Les Miles opens his mouth it
    Becomes one of the funniest and most ridiculous Comments of the year! I have never ever heard anything that comes out of this idiots mouth that had reason or for that matter make any sense. Miles is truly the clown of college football and we are so used to his shenanigans that most of us overlook him and if one may ask we just simply say, ” he was this way at birth, don’t pay any attention to him and maybe he will go far away. Unbelievable!

  9. 35longmiles says: Apr 29, 2014 5:55 AM

    He’s such a raging dork, with an ego to boot. Bet he has a statue of himself in his office.

  10. Scott Hevel says: Apr 29, 2014 9:08 AM

    Next thing you know, maybe the SEC will have to play some team outside of the southeast. Heck, they might even have to travel so far, they’ll have to take a plane.

    Oh, the horror

  11. greenwhodat26 says: Apr 29, 2014 11:30 AM

    Scott Hevel – LSU would curb stomp your garbage team.

  12. outlaw53 says: Apr 29, 2014 2:23 PM

    LSU’s gripe has always been about the interconference foes…for instance, the SEC West should be playing the SEC West…not crossing over due to some BS “vintage” rivalry game. Florida is in the East….they shouldn’t play LSU ( or any SEC West opponent ) until each side wins their portion of the conference title. Apparently the Florida alum ( along with SEC Commish Mike Slive ) are heavily invested in having LSU play Florida for ratings and TV revenue…instead of balancing out the SEC West with its preordained opponents…and the SEC East with theirs. Meanwhile, Alabama, with the SEC game scheduling chief living in Birmingham, is scheduled to play their “vintage” rivalry games with Tennessee ( SEC East ) scheduled as their opponent. LSU would like to see Alabama ( and all other Western division teams ) play within themselves…instead of being given a lesser opponent in the Vols for Saban’s bunch.

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