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We're not playing anyone good NC besides ND if we go to 9 or 10. Assume we need 14 home games over 2 years.
For the 10 conference game season, we'd have 4 non con games to work with all of which would have to be home. Bye bye ND.
For the 9 conference game season, we'd have 6 non con games to work with. If we put the ND H/A in years we have 4H/5A, that puts us basically at the same spot as the 10 conference game season. Then fill the rest with cream puffs who don't need a return game.
Going to 9 games get rid of non-ND marquee games and has a fucking unbalanced schedule. Going to 10 games gets rid of ND. Take your pick.
I'm all for going to 9 games IF the divisions (or pods if the conference goes that route) has BALANCED H/A by division. It's not hard.
It depends on how you look at it whether this makes sense or not.
If it's a crap game, the time slot won't matter. Coaches like it because it makes it a high profile game (potentially) which resonates with pollsters and recruits. At the very least, it's better than a noon game, or better than being the 3rd best B1G game in the 3:30 time slot.
ADs and the B1G will love it either way if the BTN has a night game that otherwise would have been a studio show. The more games they air, the more money that rolls in.
As I said earlier, the selection committee has to prove early on that they're actually going to do that. If it turns into the BCS part-II, the only thing that's going to matter is the L column rather than the W or SOS.
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
so good bye to seeing MSU in Tuscaloosa? was already looking into options for a big weekend down there for that one with friends. and no Miami or Boise home and homes either.
Honestly? This sucks. I doubt the SEC will be dropping their 4 non-con cupcakes anytime soon. gotta keep the Citadel, Savannah St., Towson, Georgia Southern, and the rest of the Southern and Sun Belt teams. Especially for those critical November SEC-Sun Belt showdown weekends.
this brings up a good point. if the B1G is making wholesale changes, why not go all in? we've seen time and time again that the SEC benefits from playing conference games early, getting dinged with a september conference loss and come november while the B1G, Big 12 and Pac 12 are "suddenly" losing, they're playing FCS schools and resting players. i personally do not like this idea of scheduling but if it improves the B1G exposure in November, why not?
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