One of the fascinations I have with college football is the schedules of the top teams and the power conferences.
I have to laugh when passionate fans scream for respect for their beloved university when, if you look at their schedule, they have beaten no one of significance and do not play a game versus a team that can help them move up in the standings. Our “vote for me” system reeks of havoc and until there is a 8 – 12 team playoff system in place, we will always have voting controversy. So strategic scheduling plays a huge factor in positioning your team to get into a BCS game.
Let’s take a look at some of the schedules of top teams this year. We are going to play a game called….Name that schedule.
Who plays…..Va. Tech, Colorado St., Georgia St., Chattanooga, Texas A&M, and LSU? If you guessed Ohio State you would be WRONG!! The correct answer is….Alabama. I am disappointed in the Tides non conference schedule. In the powerful SEC, you do need a couple of breathers, but this is a little soft for the defending national champions.
Who plays….Miami, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina, and FSU? If you guessed Ohio State you would be wrong again!! If you said the Florida Gators….BINGO! Ouch, Ouch, Ouch, Ouch, and Ouch! If the Gators can somehow win 4 of these matchups, they deserve to be a top 2 team.
Who plays….Clemson, South Carolina, LSU, and Florida? If you guessed Ohio State you would be wrong for the third straight time! What’s the matter with you??? However, if you said the Georgia Bulldogs, you know your team! I have complained about Georgia’s schedule for the past few years but the schedule makers nailed them this time around. Take care of this brutal schedule and you have a chance to play for the top prize!
Who plays….Georgia, North Carolina, Clemson, and Florida? Don’t even think about saying Ohio State!!! The answer we are looking for is South Carolina. This could be the year for the Gamecocks if they can get off to a quick start. With 3 straight road games in October and 4 straight home games in November, the Steve Superior lead Garnett and Black will make national noise this year. Remember the last time the ‘Cocks played the Tide?
Who plays….Rice, Sam Houston, SMU, UTEP, Alabama, and LSU? Seriously, Ohio State, I think NOT!! This schedule belongs to Texas A&M. The first 4 games on this list are very questionable on strenght – it does sound like an Ohio State type of schedule, doesn’t it? The Aggies have a unique schedule this year. Home for 4 games, on the road for 2, home for 4 more, and then they finish with 2 on the road. Their whole season hinges on the 9/14 home game rematch with ‘Bama – good luck this time!!
Who plays….Buffalo, San Diego State, Cal, Florida A&M, has 1 competitive road game ( Michigan – the last game of the year ), and plays only 1 other game that has meaning ( ??? ) Wisconsin? O wise one, I hope you said Ohio State. With one of the worst schedules in the history of modern day college football, the Luckeyes should run the table again for the second straight year. Luckeye fans will be screaming for R-E-S-P-E-C-T but how can the voters realistically think this team is worthy of playing in the BCS National Championship game with a putrid schedule like this?? Urban and the decision makers at Ohio State need to take a hard look at the Little 10 and start getting some games with the “BIG BOYS” before clamoring that the Little 10 deserves to be on par with SEC!
Who plays….Central Michigan, Akron, UConn, Notre Dame, Nebraska, and Ohio State? I think you are catching on now. I know you said Michigan. Although this is a weak non conference schedule, the overall schedule is better than their fraud nemisis. And Brady thinks the Little 10 deserves to be on par with the SEC??? C’mon man!!!!
Who plays….Wyoming, So. Miss.,UCLA, South Dakota St., @ Michigan, and does not play Ohio St.? If you are staying with a Little 10 team and guessed Nebraska, you got it right. Oh how the mighty have fallen. We used to talk about Nebraska playing for the national championship year after year. Now they are a regular 4 loss team annually and it ain’t going to get any better any time soon.
Who plays….UMass, Tennessee Tech, Arizona St., BYU, no Michigan, and Ohio St.? You got this game down pat now if you said Wisconsin! And this is the Little 10′s third/fourth best team! They couldn’t finish fourth in the SEC East!! They couldn’t finish fourth in the SEC West!! If you want to be relevant, play relevant teams. Don’t load up on Creampuffs! Get out of conference and play someone from the SEC, a top PAC 12 team, or an ACC contender.
The SEC or the Little 10? Really, is there any comparison? The Luckeyes may fall into a top spot just because all of the powerhouse teams have to play each other on a weekly basis. Ohio State is at best a 3 or 4 loss team in the SEC – period.
Let’s look at the schedules of some of this years other top contenders:
Oregon – Nicholls, Virginia, Tennessee, Cal, Colorado. REALLY?? They also play UCLA, Stanford, and Oregon St. – 3 competitive games all year.
Clemson – Georgia, FSU, South Carolina. 3 national games that could propell them high in the standings. The rest of the ACC schedule is Ohio State like.
Notre Dame – Oklahoma, Michigan, USC, and Stanford. Win ‘em all and the Irish will be a top 5 team!
Stanford – San Jose St. and Army but then they have UCLA, Oregon St., Oregon, USC, and ND. This could be the year the play in the BCS National Championship game if they can get through this schedule!
Louisville – A darkhorse team with maybe the top QB in the land, however, how can they be a #1 team with games against Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, FIU, Temple, UCF, South Florida, Houston, Memphis, Cincy, UConn, Kentucky, and Rutgers?
So, the question has to be asked after reading this. Do you load up with Creampuffs ( Ohio State ), or, do you load your schedule with top teams week after week ( Florida ) to put yourself in the best possible position to be voted into the BCS National Championship game?
Please, let the games begin!!
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