Alligator Army put up a post complaining about Les Miles' comments about replacing the permanent cross-division rival with a random computer selection. The gist of the post is that LSU has gotten a lot of breaks from the SEC and needs to quit whining. Really?
I totally get the frustration from Florida fans here. The animosity towards the cross-division rival from LSU isn't really about the Florida game. Most LSU fans I know enjoy the game. The animosity really is that LSU gets Florida and USC while Alabama gets Tennessee & Mizzou; that is, LSU really is just angry at Bama & the SEC. It's pretty clear that something needs to be done to fix the scheduling in the SEC. Deciding year to year who plays whom just invites charges of favoritism against the SEC. Whether that's setting out a fixed schedule of who plays whom for the next ten years or expanding the conference slate to 9 games (which Florida opposes), the system has got to change.
It's also true that LSU, like every other team in the SEC, has benefitted tremendously from being in the SEC. We've gotten a national title (2007) as well as BCS bowl bids as a result (though this same national push arguably hurt LSU when it helped Bama earn a rematch in 2011) Clearly, LSU isn't flirting with the Big 12 anytime soon. But does this mean we should just smile and accept whatever the SEC doles out? Absolutely not.
LSU has more than paid its dues to this conference. The AA post complains that LSU has a talent rich base all to itself. Did the SEC give us that? No. The SEC didn't create talent in Louisiana. The SEC didn't create talent in Texas either, which LSU has jealously horded...oh wait. No, when the SEC wanted to expanded to include A&M and thereby eliminate the sales pitch LSU used to attract Texas talent (come play SEC ball close to home), did LSU throw a fit? Did LSU block expansion? No. We took A&M and also let the SEC take Mizzou, who adds nothing, primarily because Florida, USC, and Georgia didn't want to dilute THEIR talent-rich areas by letting more qualified FSU (or Clemson or GT) into the mix.
The post also mentions our night game tradition and how the rest of the conference "sympathizes" when LSU "clamors" for night games. Sympathy is nice, but LSU would rather have night games. Has LSU required that they get at least one SEC night game a year? No, it hasn't "for the good of the TV contract." None of LSU's SEC home slate was played at night in 2011. While Bama & Florida force the conference to rearrange the schedules to fit their traditions (3rd Saturday and the rivalry week game v. FSU), LSU has no similar ability. We have to hope that CBS either really loves a game or that CBS is so indifferent to let the game slip to ESPN but not slip enough into the SEC Network morning slot. So much good that sympathy does for us.
What is our thanks for these sacrifices? What is our thanks for being one of the top contributors to the domination of the SEC and our unprecedented national prestige? We get dumped to the Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl.
I'm tired of LSU being told "suck it up" while we bend over backwards for the rest of the conference. If Florida can't handle a 9 game conference schedule and FSU, then tough. Drop FSU from the schedule or stop complaining. Or at least make a crummy Photoshop about it