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Miles Put The Right Spin On LSU’s 2013 Schedule

scheduleAppearing in an ESPN interview with Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit yesterday, LSU coach Les Miles sounded off on everything from Cam Cameron’s impact on the Tiger offense to Tyrann Mathieu’s pro potential.

But it’s what the coach didn’t say about LSU’s 2013 schedule — aside from an opening joke that drew laughs from Herbstreit — that should be noted:


“Certainly they’re putting us in a position to play in either division.  You know, we’ll play certainly the toughest schedule in the West and they’re picking the best teams that they can to give us out of the East. 

I have to be honest with you, we kind of accept that schedule.  We look forward to the competition.  We like to think that maybe there’s only one team in the country that could go through it and kind of look forward to it.”


Good answer.

The SEC once again cut a transitional schedule for 2013.  At some point in the near future the league is expected to create a new scheduling rotation of eight league games per team per year (though we still believe a nine-game slate is inevitable).  But the last two years have been hodge-podged together and that’s raised complaints from schools who’ve had to travel to the same opponent in back-to-back years, from schools who’ve been forced to play the best teams outside their division, and from schools who’ve felt their chief rivals did not have to play the best teams outside their division.

Given an opportunity to open up on national television, Miles didn’t whine.  He didn’t moan.  He didn’t cry.

Granted, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva has done his share of bellyaching about the league’s need to do away with permanent cross-division rivalries, but Miles wouldn’t take the bait when Fowler and Herbstreit pointed out the Tigers’ drew Florida (home) and Georgia (away) from the East.

Instead he responded with what we assume is his message to his team: “We’re the only team that could pull this kind of thing off.”  Kudos.

A tough schedule isn’t always something to cry about.  Miles and LSU should know better than anyone that a rough slate of games can actually open the door to BCS glory.

It was just six Januarys ago that the Tigers were handed a slot in the BCS Championship Game despite having two losses on their ledger.  They took advantage of that opportunity, whipped Ohio State, and gave Miles his only crystal football to date.

With LSU’s schedule in 2013, a loss — maybe even two — might not close the door completely on the Tigers’ title hopes.


Les Miles Talks LSU Football


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Putting The Ug In UGA

Last September, Nike flew yours truly up to New York for the grand unveiling of their 2010 Pro Combat uniform collection.  Chris Fowler was there.  Michael Irvin was there.  Ex-jocks from each school donning Pro Combat unis were there — including guys representing Alabama and Florida.

While many of the unis were just as horrible as Nike’s previous Pro Combat efforts, the duds picked out by the Gators and the Tide really weren’t that bad.  The changes weren’t huge.  You might even say their uniforms were understated… if Nike does anything in understated fashion.

But that was then, this is now.

And this.  And this.

Yes, friends, it’s quite possible Georgia will be wearing one of the ugliest college football uniform sets of all time when they take on Boise State in 12 days.

The black G on the side of that silver helmet with the big red stripe might as well stand for Garish or Gawdy or Gimmicky.

Gawd-awful might also apply.

Mark Bradley of The AJC rightly compares the new Georgia uniform to those worn by the Power Rangers on Saturday mornings.  (Click the link, see the photo, laugh out loud.)

While Dawg fans — at least the majority of those writing to us and commenting on UGA messageboards — are rolling their eyes, Mark Richt’s players seem A-OK with the idea of Halloween in September.

As for the coach, clearly he doesn’t think a one-time change of pace is a bad thing:

“Yeah, I think there are a lot of people that just don’t want to get away from that (traditional look) and I don’t blame them.  That’s the reason we’re sticking it out there two weeks in advance, so everybody can get over it.  I doubt we’ll do any surprise uniforms anymore.  At least everybody’s got time to digest it.  If everybody just thinks about what’s most important and that’s playing the game, I think we’ll all be fine.”

He’s right.  If Georgia whips Boise State, the uniforms will earn more fans.  If the Dawgs lose, those jerseys and pants will no doubt be burned shortly after the final gun.

But did Richt have to use the word “digest” when talking about those unis?  They make me want to toss my cookies.

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