Reading them was interesting and frustrating at the same time. Forde’s article mentions what I commented on last week about the depressing landscape of non conference games. He actually had the stat guys at the worldwide leader pull the number of games played between non conference teams and it is in decline.
So, we know we have a problem, how do we fix it? Well first off we need an incentive for schools to play good schools. Right now the voters and the almighty BCS are more concerned with record then they are with strength of schedule. In the current system an undefeated team from a major conference would go to the championship game, even if they played a cupcake schedule, before a one loss team who played nothing but ranked non conference teams. There should be some way to increase the weight of out of conference
Also, another problem with the current system is the amount of home games allowed. NFL teams complain about the disadvantage of losing 1 home game for the London game hurting their playoff chances. If we are trying to compare one school to another, how can it be fair that one school gets 2 extra home games compared to another one. And if you say home games shouldn’t matter, then why does Vegas automatically give the home team 3 points on the betting line. The NCAA should set a cap of home games at 7.
Will this change? No, because there is way to much money involved; Which leads me to the most frustrating part of the article which was reading about the SEC’s scheduling.
Now yes, this might be my Big Ten “homer-ism” coming out, but honestly the SEC is ridiculous. The most annoying part of their pathetic attempt at tough non conference scheduling is their lame excuse they give for the reason. “The SEC is such a meat grinder; we have to schedule easier games to give our teams a break.” WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!? You have to be kidding me. I thought the test of a true champion wants to beat the best, not to schedule easier teams to give yourself a rest. Also, was the SEC really that much more difficult than the Big XII last year? Sure Vanderbilt was good last year, but Auburn and Tennessee had down years. Every conference have teams fluctuate in quality year after year.
So we know the SEC stays at home, but two stats really jumped out at me. I don’t know if you remember the Georgia vs Arizona State game last year. The game got a lot of hype and what was one of the main reasons for this? Because it was the Georgia’s first trip out of the south since the 1960s! Not to be outdone by the Bulldogs, Florida has done them one better. According to Ivan Maisel’s article “The Gators have not played a regular-season, nonconference game outside the Sunshine State since 1991, when No. 5 Florida lost at No. 18 Syracuse 38-21. The next year, the SEC expanded to 12 teams and adopted an eight-game conference schedule.” How is the possible that this is acceptable? How can a two time BCS champion be allowed to carry on like this? The SEC always claims to have all this speed that the other conferences can’t keep up with. Well the reason they can play with this speed is that they never have to play in adverse weather. The farthest north Florida will ever have to get is to Kentucky, and that’s including Bowl games. So yes they are faster then everybody, but I’d like to see their schools come up north and play in some adverse weather, I would like to see how well their speed helps them then. Every other conference has to worry about weather, the SEC can just perfect the style for ideal weather conditions which is what all bowl games are played in.
Also, if the SEC ever does venture out of conference, when are those games played? Early in the season. Which is smart for them, if the schedule a home and home with a team up north, not only do they avoid any chance of playing in the snow, they also bring the northern school to the south and the heat that they aren’t used to.
For once in my life I would love to see Tebow and his fast Florida Gators come up to the Horseshoe, or Camp Randle in November with the snow falling and see how well their speed plays in that.
Will this ever happen, no, they make too much money in the swamp and they have won two BCS titles; If they can stay home and win championships why would they every leave. As I stated before, that this trend is going to continue and us fans will suffer by losing on high quality out of conference games. This is the biggest flaw that the BCS needs to fix, and as I’ve stated before, I’m one of 10 people left in America who likes the BCS. So please BCS solve this problem before you make it 9 fans of the BCS.