Football scheduling is one of the most widely debated topics in college football. Although a team only has four out-of-conference games to play with, a lot of members of the media criticize when teams schedule cream puffs to get their season going, instead of making dates with more challenging opponents.
In the past, teams were wary of scheduling big out-of-conference games because one loss could potentially ruin their season. While this is still partially true, the lure of big, prime time TV dates with BCS-quality opponents has tempted athletic directors to get on the phone and dial-up challenging opponents, not just cupcake wins.
Last year, the Tar Heels battled LSU in enemy territory and almost pulled off an incredible comeback upset. Although it ended up in the L-column, it was a great experience for the coaches, players and fans to participate in such a marquee match-up. It would be difficult to argue that the game was a bad experience for Butch Davis and his kids.
Most of the attention surrounding the Tar Heels is now off the field because of the vast array of allegations and possible sanctions for the program. While this could completely transform (ruin) what North Carolina football is, we can only assume (for now) that these transgressions will only result in minor infractions.
Another benefit of these big-time games is how they effect bringing in new players, because recruiting is no longer a regional affair for the big boys, getting every advantage possible. If UNC could go on the road and defeat a major program, it would have a major impact on the minds of kids looking to make a decision.
Here are eight teams Tar Heel fans wouldn't mind seeing on future schedules.