Why the need for big ol’ BCS powerhouses to schedule patsies?
Especially patsies from the FCS, the Football Champion Subdivision, formerly known as Division 1-AA. Teeing up against a bunch of guys who are smaller and slower than you.
They tell us it’s because the regular confernce schedule is “too tough”. That their kids “need the break”.
Woody Hayes is probably spinning in his grave in that one…when his team won the national championship in 1975, the out of conference completion consisted of North Carolina, UCLA and Penn State., along with the regular Big Ten schedule. Guess kids back then could deal with brutal schedules… must be all that dang emo music they listen to now turning them into softies.
People say that the games are necessary to tune up and that the patsies really enjoy it. Yep. It’s just great to get fricasseed in front of 80,000 screaming fans. Same kind of enjoyment the combatants who faced the Lions in the old Coliseum of Rome felt. Fun, fun, fun. And a lot of these games are played later in the season...who needs a tune up in the tenth week?
In actuality, scheduling games against inferior FCS opposition is a cynical money play…the BCS school gets a glorified scrimmage at home that they can include in their season ticket package, and the FCS school gets a big paycheck.
People will defend this saying that the revenue is needed to fund the other sports…even though recent NCAA statistics show both that fully 75% of BCS football programs run in the red, and that those that do run in the black retain their funding. I’ve made the argument before that if teams want to have a 12th game, at least make it a real game against other BCS team. Even crappy BCS teams like the ones that inhabit the Sun Belt are better than stepping down to FCS.
But, what is, is. So let’s take a look at the ten biggest mismatches of the upcoming 2010 season.