The exact opposite

College football has seen plenty of stories over the last month about how major programs are suddenly beefing up their scheduling over the long term, so naturally, Larry Scott’s conference is looking at a different approach.

Since Division I split into two subdivisions in 1978, only three FBS schools have refrained from scheduling FCS opponents — Notre Dame, UCLA and USC. That number soon could drop to two.

USC senior associate AD Steve Lopes sat down for an interview with The Athletic on USC’s scheduling philosophy and said the Trojans could soon schedule games with FCS opponents.

“If you start looking at the teams that are available, it’s very limited,” Lopes said. “We’re looking at schools that might not even be FBS, which I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. We may get criticized if and when we do it, but everybody does it. …  Are you going to die on that sword? You can play very good FCS schools that are better than some of the FBS schools you’ll play, the directional schools you’ll play.”

Whatever gets you through the night, Steve.  As long as it doesn’t affect his equity stake plans, Larry’s cool with it.


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6 responses to “The exact opposite

  1. Dawg19

    Maybe they should consult George.


  2. Macallanlover

    He isn’t wrong about the generalized perception of Power 5 versus Group of 5 and 1AA. I realize it is an easy handle to grasp but competitive games are more important than crushing a Power 5 walkover like Kansas or Rutgers just because of a label. Add to that, the financial considerations and travel distances involved, I find myself in the weird position of defending a Scott quote for once.


  3. Doug

    Hey, USC’s rolling in all that money they got from rich folks trying to buy their kids admission. Gotta spend it somewhere.


  4. stoopnagle

    USC only has to schedule 2 OOC games. It has a 9 game league schedule and a perpetual h/h with Notre Dame. Given the strength of the Pac12, this is a bad idea, Wiley.


  5. UGA '97

    Larry Scott the new Bill Delaney