Why are some college football programs so afraid to go out on a limb?
I fully understand what the BCS has done to the game. College football’s unofficial governing body has turned the season into a four-month playoff, and many fans applaud the excitement that has resulted.
And, to be honest, I can’t say I’m not one of those fans. Every game is essentially a do-or-die scenario, and the urgency that now dominates Saturdays in late summer and all of autumn has made college football a thriving brand with momentum and profits to burn.
But at what cost are a majority of teams from major conferences attempting to achieve the perfection that the BCS so gluttonously covets?
Nowadays, nonconference scheduling is an absolute joke. In the three weeks or so that precede conference play, pathetic matchups dominate because schools are afraid to essentially put their seasons on the line.
And when it’s all said and done, the only real winners are the tiny FCS programs who gladly incur a 50-point beating if it means going home with a paycheck.
Of course, there are those programs that refuse to play it safe, some of which are actually big-time contenders who take it upon themselves to flirt with danger in September.
And those teams should be lauded, for there are far too many who’d rather take their chances in conference play than schedule any real competition in the first month of the season.
Here are just a few of the guiltiest culprits.
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