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College football powers vs. small schools

Posted Monday, November 5, 2007, at 3:02 PM

How do you feel about major college football powerhouses scheduling a few small schools as home games each season?

Of course, the small schools get a major paycheck for going on the road, the money helps, the players get to play and showcase their wares before a really big crowd in a major stadium.

No doubt that is the upside of the issue.

I believe there is also a downside. Consider the following questions and determine if you agree ot disagree:

Do the powerhouses tab such games as a win from the moment of scheduling and if they put a big pounding on the small school in question in front of the alums so much the better?

Are such games scheduled primarily to boost the number of wins by the powerhouses and make them look more attractive in the overall bowl picture while boosting the winning percentage of the head coach?

To what extent do you believe such games are scheduled primarily to give a helping hand to the smaller football programs?

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It's an interesting question. Having been involved in the start-up of a "small school" program (UAB) I know our kids look forward to playing "big" schools (i.e. BCS) schools. Every player wants to know where he stands against top competition. For programs But it's a hard way to make a living. BCS schools generally have bigger more physical players which can make the the rest of the season kinda long for already thin smaller schools.

The answer to one of your questions is yes, BCS schools schedule those games to pad their wins. Think about it, would you want to droor p Tenn Tech and pick up USC? And scheduling those big boys is not easy either if your a BCS school, they don't want to play you either. I don't think BCS schools play nonBCS schools for for any other reason than financial or win/loss reasons unless there is some realtionship between the coaches.

-- Posted by Tim Baker on Mon, Nov 5, 2007, at 11:05 PM

For most BCS schools during the average season, their schedule is tough enough already. They don't have to schedule more than maybe one non-conference game against a formidable opponent. In order to maintain a quality BCS ranking in case they are hoping to play for a national championship, they still need to play a mid-major with a quality record. That's why a Marshall, Central Michigan or even MTSU are becoming attractive. They won't pose much of a threat but will still win at least 7-9 games. I don't think the BCS schools care about helping out other programs financially at all.

-- Posted by Parker on Wed, Nov 7, 2007, at 9:57 AM

i agree with you parker. as a volunteer fan 13-0 would look mighty good to me right now, even if two of those wins are against arkansas state and louisiana lafayette!!

-- Posted by tdc on Wed, Nov 7, 2007, at 4:25 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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