Daily Archives: June 6, 2007

HeismanPundit tries to channel Pat Dye, falls short.

In a post entitled “Scheduling Issues”, HeismanPundit takes umbrage at the lack of quality of the SEC’s non-conference scheduling. While that’s not exactly a novel revelation, what’s really got his panties in a wad in the comments section of his post is his fever dream that SEC schools uniquely aren’t man enough to schedule more than one “legitimate” non-conference road game a year.

Well, USC goes to Nebraska and Notre Dame. That\’s two legitimate road OOC games. Washington goes to Syracuse and Hawaii, both actual road games that require road trips.

We are talking college football, not business. If you want to go to a college football business blog and brag about UGA\’s moneymaking, feel free. Here, we talk about football issues.

Hokay, let’s do that. Is there something particularly unusual about SEC schools not taking on multiple legitimate OOC opponents on the road?

I went to the National Champs.net site to check out all of the 2007 schedules for the BCS conferences to see how many schools in those six conferences play more than one “legitimate” (which I’m defining as a game against another BCS conference opponent or Notre Dame) road non-conference game this year.

The results are not likely to surprise any rational fan of college football.

From the ACC:

Florida State – 2 road games (Colorado and Florida); 1 neutral site game (‘Bama at Jacksonville)

Duke – 2 road games (Northwestern, Notre Dame)

From the Big East:

Connecticut – 2 road games (Duke, Virginia)

Pittsburgh – 2 road games (Michigan State, Virginia)

From the Big 10:

Illinois – 1 road game (Syracuse); 1 neutral site game (Missouri at St. Louis)

From the Pac-10:

Southern Cal – 2 road games (Nebraska and Notre Dame)

From the SEC:

None

From the Big XII:

Missouri – 1 road game (Mississippi); 1 neutral site game (Illinois at St. Louis)

Now, HP does use Hawaii as an example of a legitimate opponent, so if I stretch to include mid-majors that have the potential to be ranked in the Top 25 this year, you can arguably expand that list to include Washington (Syracuse and Hawaii) and Kansas State (Auburn and Fresno State).

That’s seven or nine teams, depending on your definition, out of sixty six to seventy or so schools. Around 10%. And if I pull the neutral site games off the list (which, given HP’s choice of words “actual road games”, I probably should), we lose two of those schools, since that’s how Missouri and Illinois face off. Beyond that, no BCS conference has more than two schools with two road OOC games on their schedules.

This is not exactly what I would call a common practice, in other words.

Needless to say, I don’t find HP’s position convincing me about anything other than his SEC bias. As LD puts it in that comment section,

This is all too disappointing. I was even thinking about writing a post on how much better your blog is when you focus on Heisman first-hand reporting rather than \”off-the-cuff\”, unresearched SEC-bashing. Sad.

Yep.

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Every game counts.

Another person who gets it:

… What I fear such a movement [for a playoff -ed.] may get rid of — while failing to temper cries of fans — is the loyalty of fans and the popularity and competiveness of the greatness that is college football. Currently every game counts. One loss can be the difference between the Rose Bowl and the Cotton Bowl.

With a playoff all of that changes. One, two and maybe even three losses with the increased number of games being played could be acceptable to making the playoff field. Then Division 1 football becomes a second tier NFL.

So by all means, complain, moan, curse the football gods and the BCS, but think of the repercussions a change from the BCS to a playoff will have on the sport that sees unrivaled support and dedication from its fans.

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Tom Dienhart, meat eater

Tom Dienhart, May 14, 2007:

…Which SEC division will be better, the East or West?

Honestly, this is like being forced to defend the merits of steak over lobster…

Tom Dienhart, June 5, 2007:

… Which BCS league stands to get the fattest on I-AA teams? The SEC, with 10 games vs. I-AA meatballs. Sorta takes luster off of all of those “the SEC is best” arguments. Oh, yeah, I forgot: SEC teams beat up each other so they have to “take it easy” in non-league games. Uh, yeah … I guess.

Steak, lobster, meatballs. Maybe he’s a vegetarian.

I’d thought about railing about Dienhart’s lack of intellectual consistency, but I recognize the work of a master here, and choose instead to step aside discretely for my betters.

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