College Football Scheduling: C'Mon ADs, Get It Done

John BaranowskiCorrespondent INovember 15, 2010

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 16: Coach Mack Brown (left) of the Texas Longhorns shakes hands with Coach Bo Pelini of the Nebraska Cornhuskers after their game at Memorial Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Texas Defeated Nebraska 20-13. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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If one had to pick the top 10 all-time college football programs most
would agree on (in alphabetical order):   Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska,
Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas and USC
as being college football’s all-time top 10.    In fact, it should
come as no surprise that these schools are the top 10 schools in
all-time victories.

In the last 30 years, Miami, Florida and Florida State have emerged as
national powers in college football as well.

Whenever any of these elite 13 football programs are scheduled to meet
on the gridiron, the games always provide great anticipation for their
fans and alumni and college football fans in general.  These games
have provided many highlights to the college football season whether
they are regular season or bowl games.

Think back to this summer and how college football fans looked forward
to Sept. 11th with all those storied out-of-conference match-ups.   It
was reminiscent of New Year’s Days of old when all the best bowls were
played solely on that day.   We had Notre Dame vs. Michigan, Penn
State vs. Alabama, Miami vs. Ohio State, and Florida State vs.
Oklahoma.   Even though the games themselves may not have lived up to
the hype, it gave college football fans a lot to discuss and look
forward to in the off-season.

Some schools, more than others, have made it a priority to schedule
other college football’s top programs and make an effort to play a
strong non-conference schedule, such as Miami, who will play Ohio
State again next year.   In 2012, the Hurricanes will play the
Fighting Irish reviving memories of those Catholics vs. Convicts
classic games in the late ‘80s.   In 2013 Florida is back on Miami’s
schedule and in 2014 the Hurricanes will play Nebraska.

Notre Dame and Penn State have managed to play all of the teams on the
above list since 1986 which is the best amongst the 13 schools.    In
looking at future scheduled big name match-ups, Notre Dame is
scheduled to play Texas in 2015.   Oklahoma will play Tennessee
beginning in 2014 as the Sooners and Volunteers haven’t met since the
1968 Orange Bowl.  The Volunteers are scheduled to play Nebraska in
2016 and Ohio State in 2018.

Nebraska and Ohio State last met in 1956.   Thankfully, that gets
rectified with Nebraska’s addition to the Big 10 Conference this

In other match-ups that are long overdue but not on the horizon any
time soon,  Miami last played USC in 1968.   Think about how much
future NFL talent would have been seen in that series in the last 30

Texas hasn’t played Tennessee since the 1969 Cotton Bowl.   It’s just
not right that two of the premier programs of the south haven’t met in
over 40 years.

Florida last played Texas in 1940!   Imagine how good some of the
games would have been between those two schools in the last few

Even more astonishing is Florida State has never played Texas!
C’mon DeLoss Dodds it’s a short flight to the Sunshine State from
Austin.   Kudos on scheduling Ohio State in recent years and for
scheduling Notre Dame and USC in the future but get Tennessee, Florida
and Florida State scheduled for at least a home-and-home series.
You have Nebraska now off your annual schedule which makes the Big 12
conference weaker so now’s the time to beef up that out-of-conference
schedule.     Get it done!