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.
Florida State fans are entering a new era. But some things don’t change.
The Seminoles are lining up some easy FCS pickings to feast on.
The 5-6 Samford team they face in game one should let them kick off life post Bobby with a victory. Which they better savor. Because they visit the good folks of Oklahoma the next week.
And the win streak will likely end...at one.
But hey, can;t go wrong with that fan base during that warm, warm early season Florida weather.
UC Davis is cutting four of its 27 sports programs in response to deep cuts in state funding. Guess that’s why they signed up for this shin-dig.
The talented Golden Bears might make them feel like they gave up the wrong sport, after they finish beating them up in their opening game of the season. UC Davis, an FCS team who finished 6-5 last year, will be outclassed in pretty much every aspect.
Well, look at it this way. The UC Davis training staff should get a lot of practice both during and the week after the beat down…er…game.
In addition to joining the "let's schedule a marshmellow" gang, Cal has also decided to join the "holy cow, those are sure some dang ugly uniforms" brigade. Apparently it's not enough to have only the Oregon schools committing visual assualt upon the viewing public in the PAC.
Tech dropped TCU from their schedule this year, citing unresolved scheduling conflicts.
They did, however, manage to save room for Weber State out of Utah. Tech always makes room for the FCS. Ain't that right neighborly of em'?
The fact that TCU would have been favored has absolutely nothing to do with this. It was, repeat after me, an irresolvable scheduling conflict.
Tech will get Weber State in game eleven of the season, in Lubbock. Time to play the red shirts, eh?
Good thing for Weber that Tommy Tuberville replaced old Mike Leach, since Leach had the temperament to run the score up over 100. Tuberville will probably let off the gas at 50 or so.
UConn had to fill an open slot when another team, Northeastern, decided that they were so crappy at football that they gave it up. Discontinued the program.
Now the Huskies could have played another team in Texas that had an opening. TCU got jilted by Texas Tech.
They instead choose to play a mediocre FCS Texas State that ended 6-5 last year.and who were pasted 56-21 by the Frogs.
You’d think that Big East teams would be looking for some quality, given that they already are pretty much considered the joke of the BCS.
Maybe the league should just stick to hoops. After the Big Ten gets done with raiding them next year, they probobly will.
But at least in this game, they'll be able to do some rompin' and stompin'
Youngstown State has had some big success at the FCS level. But not lately.
They are coming off a 6-5 season, and are not projected to be much of a threat this year.
Apparently, Jo Pa feels that they are just what the doctor ordered for the first game of the season for his charges. Penn State is, after all, one of the teams on the short list to challenge for the national championship.
This is a classic scrimmage, masquerading as a game. Starts the season and let’s those Happy Valley fans have a nice party while allowing Jo Pa to determine the last couple of open positions for his starters.
Faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound....but has to schedule down a division to start the season and insure a win.
Sheeesh...kinda makes ya doubt your heros, does it not?
Badgers...we don't need no stinkin' Badgers.
The Badgers should be in the hunt this year. Their offense returns an amazing ten starters, and they bring back another six on D.
That big, tough, offensive line and running game should beat the living snot out of Austin Peay, an FCS team who finished a non spectacular 4-7 in 2009.
Just for grins and giggles, it is also the fourth game of the year, pretty much insuring that Wisconny will be blowin’ and goin’. Could be a 60 point win.
The bars in Madison will start filling up early for this one. Since the game itself will suck.
It’s nice that TCU has been one of the best programs in college football over the last decade. That they have cracked the final top ten two years in a row. That they played in a BCS bowl last year.
And the Froggies continually seek respect. Well, they seem to be following the big boys in one aspect.
Last year Frog fans were “treated” to a 56-21 slaughter of Texas State. This year. TCU returns a ton of talent from last year’s 12-1 team to take on FCS Tennessee Tech. a team that finished 6-5 in 2009.
Too bad the Frogs couldn’t be like fellow Mountain West power Utah and man up for a real schedule.
Checking out the TCU cheerleaders in their continued quest to knock off the USC squad as most smokin' in the nation may keep a few eyeballs from getting glazed over...other than that, stick a fork in this thing.
This should be good.
Idaho State is coming off a 1-10 season at the FCS level. And they get Georgia in game number ten.
The SEC really likes these late season blow outs.
The team gets a rest. The stadium gets sold out.
And the fans are drifting into the parking lot by halftime, which makes stadium cleanup a heck of a lot easier and results in a lot more beer sold by local merchants due to the extended tailgating.
Put another dog on the grill and crack another brewski dude...party on. Wonder if they'll play that fifth string?
In week two, Clemson takes on a Presbyterian team trying to climb up out of the FCS to BCS status. The concept of actually achieving some success in FCS obviously never occurred to the good folks at Presby.
Clemson returns 14 starters from a bowl winning 9-5 team that played for the ACC championship.
Presby…went 0-11. That’s no wins. Against an FCS schedule.
This will be a real great game…for about 5 minutes.
The Presbyterians may be introduced to the Catholic concept of purgatory...60 minutes in Death Valley won't be quite hell, but it'll sure feel like it for a while.
This is great.
The Crimson Tide, juggernaut of the SEC, against Georgia State, who are in their inaugural season of FCS football.
Even better, Bama has em’ lined up in game eleven…they can’t even use the excuse that they are using the game to work out the kinks in their lineup.
Nope. This is going to be a good old fashion can of whup ass opened up on Georgia State by a Bama squad operating on all cylinders.
This one should be entered into the all time list of football scheduling sado-masocism.
Maybe Bama should leave their starters in all game, and try to top the 222-0 pasting that Georgia Tech put on Cunberland College back in the early days of gridiron.
Ouch. It's gonna hurt. And not in a good way.