To your second point, TBH, I don’t think it’s a conscious decision by the voters to stack the deck in the SEC’s favor. I think it’s the result of being bombarded with media 24/7, all of which has a heavy tilt in the SEC’s favor. This makes wins (or losses) against average-to-bad teams look far more impressive than they actually are.
For instance, you say that the upcoming LSU-Florida game will be interesting. Why? I’ve watched Florida a handful of times. They weren’t good before their starting QB went down. They certainly aren’t now. I think the fact that the nation will see a win against Florida as a “big win” is strictly the result of hype over substance. If LSU is actually a top-5 team, they should win by multiple TDS.
As for Michigan, I agree they were a flawed team last week. But they were in the frigging top 10. Don’t put them in the top 10 if they aren’t good. And don’t diminish the quality of a win by saying “actually, nobody thought they were good” after Wisconsin beats them like a drum.
If LSU is as good as everyone thinks (I think they’re a good team, FWIW), they should beat Florida’s ass. And I think it’s BS that it’ll be hailed as some incredible accomplishment, when anyone with eyes and Google can see Florida is pretty mediocre. But when Michigan gets their ass beat (who, similarly, everyone could see is pretty mediocre) the message is “well, actually, they weren’t very good.”