As a TCU guy, I get tired of hearing about the cupcake schedule we play.
Funny my AQ conference friends never mention their OOC schedules in the same conversation; only that THEIR conference is just that much better than the Mountain West, so their teams are obviously stronger than ours.
Hmmm, I say...
Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor, Iowa State???
Ole Miss, Miss State, Kentucky, Vandy?
Duke, Wake Forest?
Washington, Washington State, Cal, Arizona?
I could go on, but I wont, since there is no way to truly measure who is the strongest conference in a quantifiable manner.
Sure we can use strength of schedule, but how does playing Vandy or Duke rate any better than playing UNLV or Idaho? Oh I know, those are AQ conference schools...
I know, I know, same old arguements made by all non-AQ teams.
But, here is a thought.
Take scheduling away from the schools.
- NCAA sets up all games
- all teams will play a home and home series (either back to back, or over four seasons)
- two games against rivals
- two games non AQ Programs
- two games AQ Programs
- 8 conference games
- NO FCS teams
Every Conference plays a championship game
- break teams into divisions
- divisions are realigned yearly by record
- two top teams play in championship
- AQ conferences are realigned every four years
Until the top teams start playing the TCUs and Boises of the Non-AQ world in Home and Home series, we will never know who is the best team in the country.
We will always either assume our conference is as good or better than the other guys.
Until we handle it on the field without padded schedules, we will never know.
Either they hack it or they don't, but this system would stop games like Tennessee Tech-TCU and Charleston State v Florida.
Now to get the NCAA to play along...