I guess when your team is a consensus preseason top 5 team, you feel liberated.
He ain’t afraid of no Trojans:
“I can tell you that I would like nothing better than to play USC for the title,” Miles said in a speech that radio station WWL made available on its Web site.
Playing to an audience largely populated by LSU fans, Miles saw an opening for a chance to plug the strength of the SEC, calling into question the strength of the Pac-10 Conference, which USC calls home.
“I can tell you this, that they have a much easier road to travel,” Miles said of the Trojans. “They’re going to play real knockdown drag-outs with UCLA and Washington, Cal-Berkley, Stanford — some real juggernauts — and they’re going to end up, it would be my guess, in some position so if they win a game or two, that they’ll end up in the title (game). I would like that path for us.
“I think the SEC provides much stiffer competition.”
He thinks there ought to be a special rule for the SEC champ:
Miles said Auburn was the victim of an injustice and repeated his assertion that an unbeaten SEC champion should play for a national championship.
He’s not afraid of what an eight team D-1 playoff would mean for the SEC, either.
There’s little doubt Miles thinks there would be a strong SEC presence in an eight-team college football playoff unless the field were limited to conference champions.
“There’d probably be at least four SEC teams in the top eight,” Miles said.
Did I mention that he’s not impressed with Southern Cal?
Miles came from a Big Ten background too. Expecting him to lay roses at the feet of the Trojans, especially after his comments about USC having a suspect schedule, would have been foolhardy.
“Should something be done about SC?” Miles said. “Yeah. It might just have to be the system first, though.”
Pretty impressive talk for a guy that’s never won a SECCG to date.
(h/t The Wizard of Odds)