07:13 AM ET 05.24 | Les Miles may be on to something when it comes to the SEC's scheduling. Last year, LSU played Florida, as always, and South Carolina from the SEC East. The Gators and the Gamecocks each went 11-2. Compare that degree of difficulty with Alabama's SEC East opponents: Tennessee, as always, and league newcomer Missouri. They each finished 5-7. This year, Alabama plays Tennessee and Kentucky from the East, two programs that were so bad last year they fired their head coaches. LSU gets legitimate contenders Florida and Georgia. Advantage, Alabama. Again. Tennessee is the real problem here. The Vols haven't lived up to their history as one of the upper-echelon programs in the league in years. They haven't been ranked going into the Alabama game since 2007.