July 11, 2005

Fix the Schedules NOW

Here's a touchy little subject to get you going on a slow Monday. I know it's only July, but I may as well get this out of the way now.

Can somebody tell me why, in this day and age, that college football can't find a better way to schedule games? Case in point: Why does Nebraska get to play 8 straight home games (easy...just exaggerating to make a point) while other D1 teams like Arkansas State have to go on the road for 7 times a year. Yes, it's because of money.

But wait...other teams seem to have no problem scheduling up. Colorado has a MURDEROUS schedule every year, and I've seen them win the Big 12 North twice in three years. Must not be too bad of a thing. This is not a Nebraska issue, this is not a Missouri issue, this is a college football issue. The ONLY way to run a fair game with the BCS in place is to REGULATE schedules. Now, I'm not dumb...I know slick AD's like Steve Pederson are NEVER going to give up an extra chance at beating up Maine and the $1,000,000 home game that goes with it...but if the NCAA would pull their head out of their ass long enough, they could see there are definite problems in the system.

The only way for a fair playing field is to rank the teams and rank the schedules. Case in point: You have teams like Minnesota or Missouri who are big-time schools in big conferences who are trying to "rebuild". They therefore "schedule down" by playing three home games per year against crappy D1 or even 1AA teams. Why not put a clause in the bylaws that says you have to play so many non-con road games per year, against teams that are not 1AA or were above .500 the previous year. Again, I know this isn't going to happen, but doesn't something like that make sense? And couldn't you classify the conferences as well? By branding the Big 12, ACC and SEC as an type '1' they could say that you had to play at least one other type '1' every year. At the same time, you could classify a Sun Belt team a class '4', and say they can schedule up as much as they want, but they still get 5 home games every year guaranteed.

I know there isn't a snowball's chance in hell at this happening, because the NCAA and the member athletic departments are greedy and deceitful scum. But at the same time, wouldn't it make sense to at least REGULATE schedules a bit, so that a team like Nebraska doesn't get to play at home every weekend through Halloween? Not that it helps them anyway...you remember last time the Huskers play 8 of 9 home games, and then went to Colorado at the end of the year....I think Chris Brown is still running down the sideline and has yet to hear a whistle.

Interested in seeing what you guys think.

God July sucks. September, hurry the hell up.



Blogger Husker Mike said...

You forgot that Nebraska backed out of a verbal agreement to play at Houston on ESPN2 to play Maine. Why? Steve P insists there was no agreement, and it was taking too long for ESPN and Houston to come to an agreement. (The TV deal was inked 3 weeks later, and by February, ESPN had worked out a Oregon at Houston game for TV...)

By the way, you missed an opportunity to exaggerate. Nebraska clears over $3 million for a home game.

The BCS was making SOME inroads in at least counting strength of schedule, but a bunch of sportswriters complained when "Strength of schedule" put Florida State into the title game instead of Miami in 2000, so it was yanked faster than Crazy Frank Anzalone pulling his sieve.

8:07 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Good points Mike.

I guess what I'm calling for is just more regulation of the schedules by the NCAA themselves. Sure, the BCS is going to take part of it into consideration...but should K-State get to schedule 3 Pansies a year for 12 years? (Bad example, because they usually get downgraded by the writers anyway.) I'm talking more the Minnesotas of the world who rebuild...turn the program around..and then continue to schedule weak.

Mizzou is just as guilty, backing out of Iowa, and scheduling Troy. Unfortunately for them...they found out how good Troy was last year and how butt-ass STUPID it was to schedule a game down there. (If you don't have to of course.)

9:31 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

You know, if the Huskers are such a great program, and their fans are so great-- why not schedule a game at Ball State?

If the fans care enough about the game, they'll take to the road and Ball State will get the benefit of many gate receipts-- which would give them cause to offer the Huskers (or any other program) more money to come play in their homes.

The Huskers are just cheap-ass pussies, that's it. They're afraid they'll get pounded by a real program (Penn State, USC). They want to run up the score and pad their stats against the Little Sisters of the Poor. What the hell?

Yes, I know USC is on the schedule in the future-- big whoop-- and the funny thing is the Huskers think they will compete. I'm going to laugh my ass off when the Trojans run up 70 points on the cunts.

Instead of building their program by taking on the best teams they can, they attempt to keep their fans happy by beating up on the Western Illinois and Maines of the world. I got news for you-- someday they are going to get burned. Western Kentucky is going to march into Memorial Stadium and put a massive hurting on the ass-pounders.

Ever wonder why Northwestern and Illinois State no longer play D-3 Illinois Wesleyan in basketball? Because IWU has every thing to play for, and when NU or ISU lose, it's a major embarrasment. It's like the team that lose ot Chaminade in the Maui Invitational-- they become the laughing stock of the NCAA-- and that takes some trying to do.

Have your fun, you little pussies... Nebraska has no friends outside of alumni and legacies. You have pissed off ESPN, you have pissed off just about every other college, and eventually it is going to come back and bite you in the ass. Wait for it. The Huskers will need a game to meet a minimum requirement, and nobody will step up to help them. Either that, or when the NCAA cracks down on the major violations that have been until now swept under the rug-- someone is going to question something the Huskers do, and the whole world will come crashing down on you-- and who do you have to thank? Steve Pedersen and your shallow gene pool.

12:23 AM  
Blogger AJ said...


8:03 AM  
Blogger Whooter said...

Yikes. Someone must have pissed in Chris' cornflakes this morning...

9:18 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

more details to follow in my blog later today.

AJ, is that better pacing?

11:08 AM  
Blogger AJ said...


We're really moving now. Must be getting closer to football season.

11:27 AM  

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