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I probably just spent way more time on this than I should have.  I was looking at the non-conference schedules for a bunch of teams, and they all seemed quite weak.  So I went ahead and checked out the schedule for all the teams in the AP Top 25.  I think it turns out that there are very few teams who play tough non-conference schedules.  So here you go.  Here are the non-conf games for all teams in the AP Top 25.  The Big East teams (Pitt and West Virginia) each play 5 non-conf games.  For some reason, Oregon and Oregon St only play 3.  Everyone else plays 4.</p>
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<p><strong><span style="color:#f00;">Red</span></strong> indicates a ranked team<br><span style="color:#ff8c00;"><strong>Orange</strong></span> indicates someone who is under the "others receiving votes" category.  (i.e. ranked from #26 thru #48)<br><span style="color:#00f;"><strong>Blue</strong></span> indicates an unranked team from a BCS conference<br><span style="color:#008000;"><strong>Green</strong></span> indicates an unranked I-A (FBS) team from a non-BCS conference<br>
Normal indicates a I-AA (FCS) team</p>
<p><br><strong>1  Alabama</strong> --  <span style="color:#008000;">San Jose St</span>,  <span style="color:#f00;">#19 Penn St</span>,  <span style="color:#00f;">Duke</span>,  Georgia St<br>
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<p><strong>2  Ohio St</strong> -- <span style="color:#008000;">Marshall</span>,  <span style="color:#f00;">#13 Miami</span>,  <span style="color:#008000;">Ohio,  Eastern Michigan</span><br>
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<p><strong>3  Boise St</strong> -- <span style="color:#f00;">#10 Virginia Tech</span>,  <span style="color:#008000;">Wyoming</span>,  <span style="color:#f00;">#24 Oregon St</span>,  <span style="color:#008000;">Toledo</span><br>
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<p><strong>4  Florida</strong> -- <span style="color:#008000;">Miami OH</span>, <span style="color:#00f;">South Florida</span>,  Appalachian St,  <span style="color:#f00;">#20 Florida St</span><br>
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<p><strong>5  Texas</strong> -- <span style="color:#008000;">Rice</span>,  <span style="color:#008000;">Wyoming</span>,  <span style="color:#00f;">UCLA</span>,  <span style="color:#008000;">Florida Atlantic</span><br>
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<p><strong>6  TCU</strong> -- <span style="color:#f00;">#24 Oregon St</span>,  Tennessee Tech,  <span style="color:#00f;">Baylor</span>,  <span style="color:#008000;">SMU</span><br>
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<p><strong>7  Oklahoma</strong> -- <span style="color:#008000;">Utah St</span>,  <span style="color:#f00;">#20 Florida St</span>,  <span style="color:#008000;">Air Force</span>,  <span style="color:#ff8c00;">Cincinnati</span></p>
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<p><strong>8  Nebraska</strong> -- <span style="color:#008000;">Western Kentucky</span>,  <span style="color:#008000;">Idaho</span>,  <span style="color:#ff8c00;">Washington</span>, South Dakota St<br>
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<p><strong>9  Iowa</strong> -- Eastern Illinois,  <span style="color:#00f;">Iowa St</span>,  <span style="color:#ff8c00;">Arizona</span>,  <span style="color:#008000;">Ball St</span><br>
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<p><strong>10 Virginia Tech</strong> -- <span style="color:#f00;">#3 Boise St</span>,  James Madison,  <span style="color:#008000;">East Carolina</span>,  <span style="color:#008000;">Central Michigan</span><br>
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<p><strong>11 Oregon</strong> -- <span style="color:#008000;">New Mexico</span>,  <span style="color:#00f;">Tennessee</span>, Portland St<br>
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<p><strong>12 Wisconsin</strong> -- <span style="color:#008000;">UNLV</span>,  <span style="color:#008000;">San Jose St</span>,  <span style="color:#00f;">Arizona St</span>,  Austin Peay<br>
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<p><strong>13 Miami</strong> -- Florida A&M,  <span style="color:#f00;">#2 Ohio St</span>,  <span style="color:#f00;">#15 Pitt</span>,  <span style="color:#00f;">South Florida</span><br>
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<p><strong>14 USC</strong> -- <span style="color:#008000;">Hawaii</span>,  <span style="color:#00f;">Virginia</span>,  <span style="color:#00f;">Minnesota</span>,  <span style="color:#ff8c00;">Notre Dame</span><br>
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<p><strong>15 Pitt</strong> -- <span style="color:#ff8c00;">Utah</span>,  New Hampshire,  <span style="color:#f00;">#13 Miami</span>,  <span style="color:#008000;">Florida Intl</span>,  <span style="color:#ff8c00;">Notre Dame</span><br>
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<p><strong>16 Georgia Tech</strong> -- South Carolina St,  <span style="color:#00f;">Kansas</span>,  <span style="color:#ff8c00;">Middle Tennessee St</span>,  <span style="color:#f00;">#23 Georgia</span><br>
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<p><strong>17 Arkansas</strong> -- Tennessee Tech,  <span style="color:#008000;">Louisiana-Monroe</span>,  <span style="color:#ff8c00;">Texas A&M</span>,  <span style="color:#008000;">UTEP</span><br>
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<p><strong>18 North Carolina</strong> -- <span style="color:#f00;">#21 LSU</span>,  <span style="color:#00f;">Rutgers</span>,  <span style="color:#008000;">East Carolina</span>,  William & Mary<br>
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<p><strong>19 Penn St</strong> -- Youngstown St,  <span style="color:#f00;">#1 Alabama</span>,  <span style="color:#008000;">Kent St</span>,  <span style="color:#ff8c00;">Temple</span><br>
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<p><strong>20 Floirda St</strong> -- Samford,  <span style="color:#f00;">#7 Oklahoma</span>,  <span style="color:#ff8c00;">BYU</span>,  <span style="color:#f00;">#4 Floirda</span><br>
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<p><strong>21 LSU</strong> -- <span style="color:#f00;">#18 North Carolina</span>,  <span style="color:#f00;">#25 West Virginia</span>,  McNeese St,  <span style="color:#008000;"><span>Louisana-Monroe</span></span><br>
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<p><strong>22 Auburn</strong> -- <span style="color:#008000;">Arkansas St</span>,  <span style="color:#00f;">Clemson</span>,  <span style="color:#008000;">Louisana-Monroe</span>,  Chatanooga<br>
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<p><strong>23 Georgia</strong> -- <span style="color:#008000;">Louisana-Lafayette</span>,  <span style="color:#00f;">Colorado</span>,  Idaho St,  <span style="color:#f00;">#16 Georgia Tech</span><br>
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<p><strong>24 Oregon St</strong> -- <span style="color:#f00;">#6 TCU</span>,  <span style="color:#00f;">Louisville</span>,  <span style="color:#f00;">#3 Boise St</span><br>
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<p><strong>25 West Virginia</strong> -- Coastal Carolina,  <span style="color:#008000;">Marshall</span>,  <span style="color:#00f;">Maryland</span>,  <span style="color:#f00;">#21 LSU</span>,  <span style="color:#008000;">UNLV</span><br>
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<p>Wow, not a heck of a lot of red.  The only teams that play more than one ranked team are:  Boise St, Miami, Florida St, LSU, and Oregon St.  One can certainly argue that Boise's conference schedule is so weak that they <strong>really</strong> need to schedule a tough non-conf schedule.  In the past, Boise St has claimed that other teams are scared to play them.  But <a href="http://www.idahostatesman.com/2010/01/16/1043693/will-boise-state-foootball-play.html" target="_blank">I've read</a> that Nebraska offered them a 2-and-1 thing (two games in Lincoln, one in Boise over 3 years).  That article is from January, and I read somewhere else (can't find the link now) that Boise still has yet to respond. </p>
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<p>So who has the toughest non-conf schedule?  Who has the weakest? </p>
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<p>As much as it pains me (a Gator fan) to say it, I'd say Florida State has the toughest.  2 Top Ten teams, plus another "also receiving votes".  That's pretty impressive.  I'll give a nod to Oregon State also for 2 Top Ten teams. </p>
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<p>The weakest?  Well, a bunch of teams play nobody ranked:  Texas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oregon, Wisconsin, USC, Arkansas, and Auburn.  I'll throw out USC because they at least play 3 games against big-conference teams.  Then I'll throw out Nebraska, Iowa and Arkansas, because they at least play someone "also receiving votes".  So that leaves Texas, Wisconsin, Oregon and Auburn.  At least Texas doesn't play a I-AA team.  So I guess take your pick from among Wisconsin, Oregon and Auburn.  Yeesh. </p>
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<p>Okay, any thoughts? </p>
 

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<p>I'd drop Auburn from the bottom three on the basis of having to get past a conference championship in order to win it all.</p>
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<p>Of course the biggest flaw with your logic is that most of these schedules were set 5+ years ago. Nobody knew at that time which teams would be in this year's preseason rankings. Hawaii, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Kansas, Clemson, and Colorado may well have been ranked when the schedule was set.</p>
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<p>If you don't like the 1AA scheduling, talk to the NCAA. As long as it's legal, teams will do it to get a breather in an otherwise brutal schedule.</p>
 

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<p>The primary arguments I hear from colleges as to why they schedule weak non-conference foes:</p>
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<p>1.  Their conference schedule is so tough, why get beat up by a ranked national non-conference foe which don't help their national standings.</p>
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<p>2.  Weaker non-conference foes give the team some breathing room between tougher conference foes.</p>
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<p>3.  Some non-conference foes (i.e. Georgia State when they play Alabama in November) do so strictly for the monetary benefit.  I think Alabama is paying Georgia State $450,000.00 for their appearance in Tuscaloosa which will be more than they receive from all other games played during the season.</p>
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<p>By the way, I'll be at the Georgia Dome tonight to watch the inaugural season  of Georgia State Panther football.  They play  Shorter College for their first ever opponent.  And although I wish Georgia State well (I am an Alumni) I'm still a Georgia Tech fan.</p>
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<p>TO HELL WITH GEORGIA!</p>
 

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<p>First of all, this thread was meant merely for discussing <strong>non-conference</strong> schedules.  Auburn's non-conf schedule is pretty damn bad.  Yeah, of course, they play in the SEC, which means their overall schedule is very tough.  But I wasn't talking about that.  I wasn't about to list all 13 games for all Top 25 teams. </p>
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<p>And I don't think there's any "flaw in [my] logic" just becuase these schedules were set years ago.  I know that.  Everybody knows that.  For example, the non-conf schedule for my Gators could have looked a lot better a few years ago.  Florida State, while ranked, isn't the perennial national title contender it once was.  South Florida has been ranked on-and-off over the last few years, and Appalachian State (while a I-AA team) has won multiple I-AA championships, and was thus probably better than some I-A teams. </p>
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I'm not talking about who <strong><em>tried</em></strong> to create the toughest/weakest schedule.  I'm talking about who actually <em><strong>has</strong></em> the toughest/weakest schedule.  Heck, some of the teams that are now ranked will go on to have poor seasons and end up unranked, and vice versa.  But I think at this point, the info I laid out above is the best info we've got.</p>
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<p>If you want to talk about which teams didn't even "try" to get perennially-ranked teams on their schedules, you can still look at Texas, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Auburn and Arkansas.  Yeah, they each play a team that has been in-and-out of the Top 25 over the years.  But none of those teams are perennial powerhouses that you <strong>know</strong> will still be ranked up there 5 years later.  I think Oregon is the only team in the original group that I called out that could get a pass for this, because Tennessee always was a perennial Top 10-ish team. </p>
 

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<p>Who'd have guessed that Florida Atlantic's football program would be out of the top 20 this year?</p>
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<p>On the flip side, though, the "little guys" all want to upgrade their schedules - and they do that by scheduling big-time teams who get dumped on for scheduling the games.</p>
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<p>Pac 10 teams currently play all of the other 9 teams, a true round robin.  This only leaves 3 OOC games. We (Oregon) had Central Michigan (finished the season #23 in the AP last year) scheduled at home for this year, but they bowed out and we had to scramble for a replacement so we picked up the in-state school for availability and financial support reasons. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>duckgeek</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69883/college-football-non-conference-schedules#post_1941657"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Pac 10 teams currently play all of the other 9 teams, a true round robin.  This only leaves 3 OOC games. We (Oregon) had Central Michigan (finished the season #23 in the AP last year) scheduled at home for this year, but they bowed out and we had to scramble for a replacement so we picked up the in-state school for availability and financial support reasons. </p>
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I thought about this, but what didn't make sense to me was that USC has 4 non-conf games.  Then it dawned on me that USC plays at Hawaii, and the NCAA allows teams to schedule an extra home game for teams who play at Hawaii to make up for the cost of travelling out there. </p>
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<p>Again, in my original post, I wasn't judging the intent of the schedule.  Rather, I was just judging the schedule as it is, as black and white as possible.  And as it stands, Oregon's non-conf schedule is pretty weak...</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>yar</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69883/college-football-non-conference-schedules#post_1941614"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><p> </p>
<p>On the flip side, though, the "little guys" all want to upgrade their schedules - and they do that by scheduling big-time teams who get dumped on for scheduling the games.</p>
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Hey, give it up for Louisiana-Monroe!  They play three ranked non-conf teams, all from the SEC (Arkansas, LSU and Auburn). <br>
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<p>Well, Boise State will be playing for the national championship.  I think that's almost written in stone now.  They have nobody left on their schedule.  (Oregon State?  Meh).  This year, Boise St is finally ranked high enough in the pre-season to allow their soft schedule to keep them up there.  So they can cruise from now until January and be rested up for their bowl game against someone who had to grind out a bunch of wins...</p>
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The only way it doesn't happen is if Alabama and Ohio State both run the table.  But I think the odds of that are very long. </p>
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<p>And I think there's a chance that Boise's opponent in the championship game will be TCU.  Their schedule is a little tougher, but they will be big favorites in all their remaining games.  But since they began the year ranked a little lower, they'll need more teams to lose at least one game.  And since Boise St is ahead of them, they will need <strong>all</strong> the other teams up there to lose a game, not all but one. </p>
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<p>Ugh.  Boise St vs TCU for all the marbles.  That would piss off a lot of people...</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>GatorBob</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69883/college-football-non-conference-schedules#post_1942797"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p> </p>
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<p>Ugh.  Boise St vs TCU for all the marbles.  That would piss off a lot of people...</p>
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And generate incredibly $hitty TV Ratings that will in turn generate less ad dollars for new BCS broadcast owner ESPN (ABC).  However the ad revenue effect will not be seen until the following year when the previous years ratings are used as the starting point for ad placement negotiations.</p>
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<p>I know we've discussed this on here before and Duckgeek touched on it.  But BCS conference teams are not trying to schedule quality match ups in their non-conference schedules.  They are attempting to balance the books.  That means that if you have 3 or 4 non-conference games to work with at least 3 of them better be home games.  So, you at best can only schedule one home and home series and the others have to be home only series, with the occasional nuetral site 50/50 revenue split games. </p>
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<p>Plus, for a BCS AQ conference there's not a lot to be gained from playing a bunch of non-conference games against quality teams and plenty to be lost if you play them and lose.  All of this is a result of the way the system is set up.  Unfortunately, it's part sport and part beauty pagent. </p>
 

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<p>Maybe Georgia State refused to play UGA?! <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/huh.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;" title=""><br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>jcumming</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69883/college-football-non-conference-schedules#post_1942932"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>All teams should be allowed one patsy on their sched. However why on earth is Georgia playing Idaho St?</p>
<p>Your patsy should be someone in your neighbourhood.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>GaReb770</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69883/college-football-non-conference-schedules#post_1942955"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Maybe Georgia State refused to play UGA?! <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/huh.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;" title=""><br><br>
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I have tickets to the Alabama vs Georgia State game in Tuscaloosa.  I have to be there to welcome Coach Curry back to T-Town.  He was the Bama coach when I was a freshman at The Capstone. <br>
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<p>Plus, for a BCS AQ conference there's not a lot to be gained from playing a bunch of non-conference games against quality teams and plenty to be lost if you play them and lose.  All of this is a result of the way the system is set up.  Unfortunately, it's part sport and part beauty pagent. </p>
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Well, if Boise St makes the championship game, it might change things. </p>
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<p>Until now, Boise hasn't been in the way of anything.  Any teams from a BCS AQ could still make a BCS bowl by winning their conference.  And the top two teams from BCS AQs have made the championship game.  But if Boise suddenly takes one of those spots away from a BCS AQ team, then maybe there WOULD be incentive for someone to play (and maybe beat) Boise.  If BCS schools start to realize that Boise has an easy way into the championship game, they might want to play Boise in order to make their road harder. </p>
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<p>Of course, most teams would probably hope that someone else would be the one to play Boise.  (Like most teams were probably hoping that VaTech would pull the upset last night).  But if Boise St ends up #2 and, say, Texas or Iowa or Arkansas (for example) goes undefeated and ends up #3, it might prompt that school to try and beat Boise in the future. </p>
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<p>Maybe.</p>
 

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<p>Oh, and as I linked somewhere hidden in my first post, supposedly Nebraska did offer to play Boise St, but Boise refused.  That wasn't highly reported, but if true, it does debunk the idea that everyone is scared to play Boise. </p>
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<p>Of course, if Boise is able to make the championship this year with an easy schedule, then I guess they have no reason to schedule hard games either...</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>jcumming</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69883/college-football-non-conference-schedules#post_1942957"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Good for Georgia State...who wants Bulldog crap all over the field?</p>
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Right here, dude. Go dawgs.</p>
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<p>They have gotten ridiculous with their season-opening pushovers, though. I'm half-expecting to see Blanche's School of Cosmetology on the schedule before long.</p>
 

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<p>Boise State needs to be in a serious conference. You can be sure if they get to the BCS game that things will be done to ensure that doesn't happen again.</p>
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<p>I think it will have incredible appeal to see David playing one of ther Goliaths in the BCS game, even though folks in the know understand that this David is pretty well armed.</p>
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<p>I have nothing to add here, but I'm excited to see my South Dakota State Jackrabbits get whooped by the Huskers in a couple of weeks.</p>
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<p>Can't believe we're playing a top ten team.</p>
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<p>I'm sure it won't be pretty, but I hope we can keep it close for awhile.</p>
 

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<p>I agree with you <strong>boB</strong>.  I'm torn on the Boise State story.  I respect that they are a good team and have a good coach.  I don't agree that they should be allowed to get into the Championship game via the back door.  If it does happen then why shouldn't Arkansas or Oklahoma look into joining the WAC.  If all you have to do is win all of your games, regardless of who the other teams are, and play one top 25 team on TV to get in then do it.</p>
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<p>BTW, I'd like to point out that Bama (and other teams) are talked bad about for scheduling teams like San Jose St (Bama's opening oponent) and yet San Jose St is on Boise's Schedule as a conference opponent.  You can't have it both ways.</p>
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<p>Based on what you saw monday night, do you think that Boise would beat VT 4 more times this season?  Let's say they play 4 more times this year...twice at Boise and twice in Blacksburg...does Boise win all 4 games to go 5 - 0 against VT for the season?  If you think the answer might be no, then BS doesn't belong in the BCS championship game.</p>
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<p>The reason:  the BCS champsionship game is really set up to pit the top rated teams from BCS conferences where those 4 games against VT would look like this:</p>
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<p>Big Ten:</p>
<p>Iowa</p>
<p>Wisconsin</p>
<p>Ohio State</p>
<p>Michigan</p>
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<p>ACC:</p>
<p>Florida State</p>
<p>Miami</p>
<p>North Carolina</p>
<p>VT</p>
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<p>SEC:</p>
<p>LSU</p>
<p>Georgia</p>
<p>Florida</p>
<p>Auburn</p>
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<p>Big 12:</p>
<p>Oklahoma</p>
<p>Nebraska</p>
<p>Texas Tech</p>
<p>Oklahoma St.</p>
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<p>You see what I mean.  A Miss State fan called in to a sports show yesterday and pointed out that they have to play Auburn, LSU and Georgia in 3 consecutive weeks.  Where's that portion of the BS schedule?  Where do we see how well they play after the grind of facing Top 25 opponents on consecutive weeks? </p>
 

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<p><span>Yeah, <strong>Tim</strong>, I agree.  I don't think Boise should get a shot at the championship game if there are other undefeated teams that played <strong>significnatly</strong> more difficult schedules.  One of the top arguemnts Boise St fans have is that they've done everything they could do and beaten everyone on their schedule.  But I think that's <strong>just not good enough</strong>.  Especially if this story about Boise turning down Nebraska is true.  If Boise really did decline Nebraska's offer to play 3 times, then Boise has no excuse.  They would have had the opportunity to play a somewhat harder schedule, and they declined.  If that's the case, then they shouldn't get the opportunity to win championships...</span></p>
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<p>You see what I mean.  A Miss State fan called in to a sports show yesterday and pointed out that they have to play Auburn, LSU and Georgia in 3 consecutive weeks.  Where's that portion of the BS schedule?  Where do we see how well they play after the grind of facing Top 25 opponents on consecutive weeks? </p>
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I just looked up <a href="http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/_/id/344/mississippi-state-bulldogs" target="_blank">Miss State's schedule</a> for this season.  Their non-conference schedule is terrible (Memphis, Alcorn St, Houston, and UAB).  But in conference, they face #21 Auburn, #19 LSU, and #22 Georgia on consecutive weekens, then later face #8 Florida, then later a Kentucky team that's probably as good as just about anybody else in the WAC, then #1 Alabama and #14 Arkansas on consecutive weekends, then close out the season with rival Ole Miss. </p>
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<p>That kind of schedule would give any team fits!  Besides it being nearly impossible for anyone to run the table there, it also would physically beat up a team.  So even if a team were to escape that undefeated -- and an SEC Championship game! -- , they'd probably have a ton of guys injured heading into bowl season.  Boise St doesn't have to deal with that level of physical punishment...</p>
 
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