The need to accumulate six wins and become bowl-eligible has outpaced the desire to play a competitive schedule among many traditional college football programs.
It is disappointing when legitimate contenders are guilty of making space on the schedule for hapless out-of-conference underdogs to be carved up for the benefit of early season success.
Commonly described as “cup cakes” on the schedule, an abundance of such opponents results in a lack of respect given for any accomplishments, particularly early in the season.
The benefit of large home crowds and pleasing an eager alumni base by touring “cup cake city” early in the year seems to outweigh the pitfall of not meeting expectations during the latter part of the schedule.
Whether to prop up the win totals for a bowl game invitation or to creep up the national rankings early and unnaturally boost the expectations of followers, history has shown the danger in this approach.
A quick fall from grace is a sure way to anger the fans and more than once has led to coaching changes at the end of the season.
Teams who participate in this false imagery will learn the city limit of Cup Cake City is the end of September.
A time-honored college football lesson demonstrates the negative effect of such scheduling, the need to pay the piper in October for the unrealistic gains of September.
The following teams had best get out their money.