Let’s face it, a nine game schedule in the SEC would make things tougher on every team. But, more importantly, a nine game conference schedule would make things tougher on Alabama. The bottom line, LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva and others in the league feel the current eight game SEC football schedule is unfair, because every team has one constant opponent from the east division.
Okay, LSU has to play Florida every year. Alabama’s one constant from the East is Tennessee. Alleva makes a point. But is this about being fair league-wide, or is this an LSU versus Alabama thing?
The way the SEC works, if you’re an LSU fan and you want to see the Tide play a tougher schedule, then you might want to see Butch Jones turn things around in Knoxville. The way things currently stand, the only hope LSU and other SEC teams have is to see the Volunteers get better and get better fast.
Also, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said last weekend that SEC schools will be required to play at least one non-conference game against a team from either the ACC, Big XII, Big Ten or Pac-12.
I love the idea, but come on…are we really going to see them follow through on this? Or, will we see games like LSU versus Syracuse, or Alabama versus Indiana? If the SEC really wants to have their teams play a tougher non-conference schedule, then let’s pit Alabama against Oregon, Auburn versus Baylor, Texas A&M versus Texas. You my point, don’t you?
And, enough of this neutral site junk! How about we do what was done back in the day, when you played a tough opponent at their house, and then they returned to yours. If Mr. Alleva talked with the SEC commissioner and told him how important and how special it is for LSU to play games at home, and to play games at night, then shouldn’t games be scheduled in Baton Rouge…not Houston, Atlanta and Green Bay?
In a way, what the LSU AD is saying is fair, but it also kind of sounds like this is about singling out Alabama. Is everyone in the SEC upset about Vanderbilt playing Ole Miss every year? I’ve not heard anyone complain about Georgia playing Auburn or Missouri taking on Arkansas.
Everyone has their own opinion and they are entitled to make it. So, I’ll sit back and see howfuture schedules are made, and I’ll see if more true home games (not neutral site games) will be scheduled, and if those non-conference SEC games will be made against national powers and not rent-a-wins!
Like Alleva said in his most recent open letter, “look forward to seeing you in Tiger Stadium this fall … when the sun goes down.” Well, it sure is a lot easier for Tiger fans to see the sun go down in Death Valley ...rather than Reliant Stadium and Lambeau Field!
I believe in tradition, but other schools have traditions also. Let’s recognize tradition for what it is…tradition for everybody.