Five Ways To Fix Cupcake Scheduling in College Football

J. Robert ByromCorrespondent IJanuary 23, 2009

No doubt most fans can agree that very few have any interest in seeing Florida play the Citadel, Oklahoma play Chattanooga, Nebraska play McNeese State, Miami play Charleston Southern, Boston College play Rhode Island, or Arizona State play Northern Arizona.

These teams are not even in the same division. What if the Yankees could schedule AA teams for the first month of the season and pad their record? 

So I decided to compile a countdown of five changes the NCAA could make to fix the problem in ways that would be beneficial to the sport, fans and the teams.


5. Do not count wins outside of the Bowl subdivision on the team's record.

This one seems a no-brainer to me, and why they are allowed to count them in the first place is ridiculous. The NCAA has already recognized that there is a problem here and only allows them to count two games outside of the division against their record.

Why make that rule to begin with either allow them all or allow none to allow a couple shows that they know they shouldn't allow it anyway.

They do it so the other division teams can get on TV or a big payout and make more money but that is not fair to the sport. I am sure their are AAA teams that would love to schedule the Red Sox to get on TV, but that doesn't mean the Red Sox should be able to schedule easy wins to boost their record.


4. Limit the teams to six home games a year.

One of the big reasons the big schools schedule no-name schools is more home games.  The no-names schools make a couple hundred thousand  at the most per home game.  The Big schools can make near $5 million from a televised home game. 

The mathematics of the situations tell you it is more beneficial for both schools to do a payout where the small school takes a deal where they get one home game to the big schools two and they ask for more money than they make per home game for all three games. 

This leaves big schools with seasons where more than half there games are played at home. No other sport allows that and College Football should not either. Yes, they will lose money, but I fix that in the next change.


3. Make it a requirement for every team to have at least one neutral-site game.

This makes sense for two reasons, one neutral site games make money, a lot of money. Conference championships make money and the OU/Texas game makes money. Both make more than all the non-BCS bowl games, a lot more than most of the bowls. 

This will get teams looking for the sites and teams that will bring in the biggest revenues, it guarantees you a big payout without having to win enough games to qualify for a BCS game. Some teams have natural teams and venues to play at. The Florida teams could play all one another in Orlando and Tampa and make a killing.  

Missouri and Kansas started playing in KC and haven't looked back. I could See USC & Oregon playing in San Francisco. Georgia and Auburn playing in Atlanta. Arkansas & Tennessee playing in Memphis. There are tons more that would make money, but I am not going to bore you with the entire list.

The other reason this would be great is for the fans.  One of my best fan experiences is going to Dallas every year to get toasted the night before argue with Longhorn fans all night and go to the game the next day and see a stadium filled half orange & Crimson. 

It is a huge benefit of being a Sooner or Longhorn fan. None of these games are going to get that right off the bat but over time a lot of teams would get their own versions of OU/Texas weekend to wait for all year long.


2. Reinstate SOS into the BCS formula.

Look at how many teams at the end of this year had one-loss records. Yes, the computers look at SOS, but I would much rather just scrap them for a good old SOS component instead. One formula that everyone knows like the RPI in college basketball not six different formula that change almost yearly.

If SOS was still a factor, the teams that get left out year in and year out would look to schedule more big games to boost their chance of getting into the big game at the end.


1. Institute playoffs.     

I am not really advocating playoffs here, I am just saying it would help alleviate the problem. Look at college basketball big name schools play each other in non-conference all the time because one loss doesn't have the ability to ruin their entire season like it does in college football.

The more teams allowed into the playoffs the better as far as losing the cupcakes schedules if the top 16 or 32 are going to the playoffs perennial power houses would not have so much reservation of playing each other.

They would be willing to take the chance to make more money with the big name schools knowing that it would take more than one loss to knock them out of the national championship picture.


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