Rumors are swirling, as David Ching of ESPN notes, that Les Miles could be out at LSU. We stipulate that LSU is not Georgia, but the schools share a conference and take football seriously. And here we make the comparison.
Les Miles: 110-32 in 11 seasons at LSU (.775 winning percentage), 60-27 in conference play (.690), two SEC titles, three SEC West titles, two BCS title game appearances, one national championship. He has had seven seasons of 10-plus wins.
Mark Richt: 144-51 in 15 seasons at Georgia (.738 winning percentage), 83-37 in conference play (.692), two SEC titles, five SEC East titles, no BCS title game appearances, no national championships. He has had nine seasons of 10-plus wins.
LSU is 7-3 this season, 4-3 in SEC play. Georgia is 8-3, 5-3 in SEC play. LSU’s best win is over Florida, which was without its No. 1 quarterback. Its three losses were by an aggregate 52 points. Georgia’s best win is over Auburn, which is 6-5 and will finish last in the SEC West. Its three losses were by an aggregate 59 points.
I’ve told you what I think needs to happen at Georgia. (What happened against Georgia Southern only underscored what I already believed.) And I’m not saying that the Bulldogs should do something just because some other school does. What I am saying is this:
LSU played for the BCS championship in January 2012, and in November 2015 its coach is in trouble despite having had two 10-win seasons since. There’s a very good chance Georgia could go 10-3 for a second consecutive year, and for the second consecutive year it would be an unsatisfying 10-3. And apparently there are some places where 10 wins — if they’re not the right 10 wins — aren’t enough.