Though it’s often argued in college football that “you can’t control your schedule,” the statement is only half true.
While teams may not be able to regulate who and where they play their conference games, they do have a great deal of influence over non-conference scheduling.
Sure, these games are often planned years in advance, but it still takes Athletic Director A to call up Athletic Director B to get the ball rolling.
The truth is, scheduling in college football is not an apples-to-apples affair, creating an unequal playing field, especially for members of “power-five” conferences (the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC).
To illustrate, how do you compare Oregon State’s 2013 schedule with Oregon’s?
The Beavers didn’t play a non-conference game against a power-five opponent, while the Ducks had games at Virginia and versus Tennessee.
Though the Cavaliers and Volunteers aren’t, say, Clemson and Georgia, they did present a bigger challenge than Oregon State’s games versus Hawaii and San Diego State.
This makes one team’s 12-2 record a lot different than another’s 12-2 mark.
To address the inequality in scheduling, college football needs to create a set of binding regulations for power-five programs.