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LSU coach Les Miles addresses SEC scheduling complaints

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Les Miles brought the facts with him to criticize the fairness in SEC scheduling. (USATSI)
Les Miles brought the facts with him to criticize the fairness in SEC scheduling. (USATSI)

In addition to Johnny Football and the debate on tempo, one of the hot topics at SEC media days has been the conference schedule. On Thursday, LSU coach Les Miles -- one of the league's most vocal critics on the current model -- had his time to weigh in on the topic.

Miles came to Hoover, Ala., prepared, with scheduling statistics dating to 2000. His findings, with some help from LSU sports publicist Michael Bonnette, helped support his argument that the SEC has provided unintentional advantages by way of the league schedule.

"We play Georgia and Florida for the seventh time this year," Miles said. "I'd have to say there's some other schools that have not played Georgia and Florida in the same year in my entire time here or since 2000.

"I'd have to say there's a repeated scheduling advantage and disadvantage for certain teams in this conference based on tradition and traditional matchups. I'll give you an example. Auburn played Florida and Georgia 19 times since 2000. That makes a heck of a difference. Now, how many times has the West gone through each opponent? How many times have they played them? Not that many times."

LSU's designated annual cross-division rival is Florida, and it seems as though Miles would gladly trade the Gators for a more balanced rotation. The 6-1-1 scheduling format is particularly troubling for the Tigers moving forward, with Texas A&M, which faces Missouri as its annual cross-division opponent, emerging as another annual competitor in the division.

Below, check out the stats behind Miles' statement.

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