Teams Who Schedule Tough Opponents are Penalized
Some Teams Penalized for Strong Schedules
There needs to be a way to even out the cards on the table. Why should teams who schedule tough teams get penalized for doing so, and those who schedule ‘cupcakes' get rewarded? Teams should be penalized for scheduling weak teams and non-Division 1 opponents.
It's time for USC and Athletic Director Mike Garrett to start scheduling Pomona College and California School of Orthopedics.
On the other hand, maybe the BCS and NCAA needs to consider strength of schedule as a serious criteria for bowl selection.
Let's Take a Look at Some Blatant Examples
2006 Ohio State Schedule
2006 Florida Schedule
Western Carolina, UCF: Reward – BCS National Championship Game
2007 Ohio State Schedule
2007 Louisiana State University
Bonus in 2006, University of Notre Dame
What's Wrong with this Picture?
Teams who schedule tough opponents get criticized for close wins or losing games. There needs to be a way to factor in opponents. Take away 5 points for scheduling a weak division 1 team. Take away 10 points for scheduling non-Division 1 opponents, or take those games completely out of the formula.
It's really time to reward those teams who are willing to schedule tough opponents.
Notre Dame dropped Army and Air Force. Hurrah! But they still have Navy and Pittsburgh.
Ohio State has Youngstown State (again), Ohio and Troy.
The SEC's Special Aura
The SEC has long been noted as "the Toughest Conference." Well, sure, maybe all conferences should schedule a non-competitive schedule, and look good doing it. With teams like Troy, North Texas, Western Carolina, Georgia Southern, Central Michigan, South Florida, New Mexico State, and the like as opponents, any conference would look good.
It's time to penalize these teams for their scheduling weak opponents, not reward them with BCS games and national championship bowls.
Other Conference Schedules
Other conferences go out of their way to schedule Division 1 contending teams. They should be rewarded, not penalized. Every now and then, an Appalachian State comes along to even the books, but that shouldn't be left to chance.