Before you knight Saban, look at his SEC scheduling. If you don't play the tough Top 10 teams, you're less likely to lose a game. Look at the Top 12 right now. Bama has only played 2 of the other Top 4 SEC teams. They are 1-1. Seems Bama missed out on the enjoyment of playing Steve Spurrier & South Carolina, along with 10-1 Florida. Can't say that I blame Saban for ducking USCe, he's got a losing record against Spurrier. If they beat Auburn as most expect, they'll be forced to play Georgia. But playing teams like hapless Missouri & Tennessee, while LSU played South Carolina & Florida at the same time, absolutely is the difference between being #2 & being #7. Yes they beat us, barely. But where would LSU be ranked today, if we had played Missouri or Tennessee instead of ranked Florida? Does strength of schedule even matter anymore? Will Bama ever play a full SEC schedule, with real ranked SEC opponents, other than LSU? 2013 SEC Schedule: LSU Auburn Georgia* Mississippi St. Florida* Ole Miss Bama Texas A&M Arkansas Bama Texas A&M Ole Miss Kentucky* Arkansas Tennessee* LSU Mississippi St. Auburn Yep, he's a genius alright.