HOOVER, Ala. – SEC Media Days zaniness included South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney calling senior quarterbacks Tajh Boyd of Clemson and Aaron Murray of Georgia and former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson “scared.” Offering their Manning Passing Academy updates, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel said he “was absolutely not hung over” and Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron said he tried unsuccessfully to wake Manziel in time for a meeting.

But the most sensible rant this week? A big easy: LSU head coach Les Miles on the unfair nature of SEC cross-division scheduling.

“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,” Miles said.

Miles didn’t specifically say Alabama gets to play Tennessee every year while LSU has Florida as its permanent rival. But that’s clearly what he meant.

This year LSU plays sure-to-be-ranked Florida and Georgia from the SEC East while Alabama plays lightweights Tennessee and Kentucky.

“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 (at LSU) or since 2000.”

Nick Saban tried to counter. The Alabama head coach has won three of the last four national titles, but the last two have come with only two victories during the regular season against teams that finished ranked in the top 20.

“I understand where Les Miles is coming from,” Saban said. “I coached at LSU.”

Won a national championship in Baton Rouge, too.

Saban said scheduling is, by nature, unfair.

“There can never be an equal path to the championship,” he said. “Unless everybody plays everybody, that’s the only equal path to championship. Everybody doesn’t play everybody in the NFL.”

That’s right, Nick. But that’s partly because NFL non-division schedules are tweaked by two games with parity in mind, giving the best teams from the previous season the most difficult path the next year.

Which brings up an idea: Why not design SEC cross-division schedules with the best teams getting the toughest draws, and vice versa?

So instead of the current 6-1-1 format (six division games, one permanent rivalry non-division game and one rotating non-division game) the SEC Parity Schedule would include six division games and two non-division games tied to reverse order of finish within a given division.

The formula:

No. 1 SEC East vs. 1 and 2 SEC West

No. 2 SEC East vs. 1 and 3 SEC West

No. 3 SEC East vs. 2 and 4 SEC West

No. 4 SEC East vs. 3 and 4 SEC West

No. 5 SEC East vs. 5 and 6 SEC West

No. 6 SEC East vs. 5 and 7 SEC West

No. 7 SEC East vs. 6 and 7 SEC West

And the flip-side for SEC West teams.

How the SEC Parity model would work for non-division games in 2013 (2012 standings rank contrasted with actual non-division opponents):

SEC East

1. Georgia

Parity – 1. Alabama, 2. LSU

Actual – 2. LSU, 7. Auburn

2. Florida

Parity – 1. Alabama, 3. Texas A&M

Actual – 2. LSU, 6. Arkansas

3. South Carolina

Parity – 2. LSU, 4. Mississippi St.

Actual – 4. Mississippi St., 6. Arkansas

4. Vanderbilt

Parity – 3. Texas A&M, 4. Mississippi St.

Actual – 3. Texas A&M, 5. Ole Miss

5. Missouri

Parity – 5. Ole Miss, 6. Arkansas

Actual – 3. Texas A&M, 5. Ole Miss

6. Tennessee

Parity – 5. Ole Miss, 7. Auburn

Actual – 1. Alabama, 7. Auburn

7. Kentucky

Parity – 6. Arkansas, 7. Auburn

Actual – 1. Alabama, 4. Mississippi St.

SEC West

1. Alabama

Parity – 1. Georgia, 2. Florida

Actual – 6. Tennessee, 7. Kentucky

2. LSU

Parity – 1. Georgia, 3. South Carolina

Actual – 1. Georgia, 2. Florida

3. Texas A&M

Parity – 2. Florida, 4. Vanderbilt

Actual – 4. Vanderbilt, 5. Missouri

4. Mississippi St.

Parity – 3. South Carolina, 4. Vanderbilt

Actual – 3. South Carolina, 7. Kentucky

5. Ole Miss

Parity – 5. Missouri, 6. Tennessee

Actual – 4. Vanderbilt, 5. Missouri

6. Arkansas

Parity – 5. Missouri, 7. Kentucky

Actual - 2. Florida, 3. South Carolina

7. Auburn

Parity – 6. Tennessee, 7. Kentucky

Actual - 1. Georgia, 6. Tennessee

Guessing here that Les Miles and like-minded fair scheduling fans vote for an SEC Parity rule, and that Nick Saban votes against.

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