Power Conference Scheduling
If you have not been paying attention, a growing number of coaches in the five power conferences would like to see those conference members schedule only teams from the other power conferences. According to ESPN, 46% (somehow deemed a majority) of coaches favor such a proposal. Should you?
Of course, the first issue that jumps off the page is… what about Notre Dame? It would be difficult to envision the power conference leaving out Notre Dame, with or without its quasi-football membership in the ACC. So there is an exception.
Notre Dame, of course, must play Navy. So Brian Kelly was opposed to this proposal. Also, 65 teams is an odd number. Can this even be done mathematically?
If you follow the Confidential’s Twitter account (@acconfi), you know that Steve Spurrier commented that East Carolina is as good as the lower tier Big 10 teams. Yeah, that means you Rutgers and Purdue.
And he is not wrong. There are certainly a number of lesser conference schools (see Marshall beating Maryland in the Military Bowl, a de facto home game for the Terps) that are just as good as lower tier power conference schools. After all… who is more daunting on the schedule… Boise State or Washington State?
That being said, the number of truly pathetic power five programs is diminishing rapidly. Washington State is coached by Mike Leach. Northwestern of the 1980’s is gone, replaced by a program that was on track to a Rose Bowl before the wheels fell off in a big way last year (a finish of only 5-7). Vanderbilt expects a lower bowl game every year. Kansas had good years under Mark Mangino. There are simply no dreadful programs anymore. A schedule with 8-10 conference games and a remainder with other BCS conference programs would be decent.
In any event, one can expect that this measure is to get the scheduling pansies (see Rutgers: here) to shape up. If it accomplishes that, it would be a worthwhile goal. One FCS team and one non-power team is acceptable. Any more than that and you are not being fair to the rest of the teams in contention for a playoff spot. And your weak schedule may hurt your fellow conference member. Long story short, the Confidential is not sold on this move, but not convinced it is the worst idea either if the discussion helps level the playing field.