11W keep up the excellent work. The President coming to campus and any initiative by our athletic department that sets Ohio State apart from the pack is newsworthy. Somehow I get the feeling you already knew that. Carry on.
Doesn't it seem that the contractual obligation for schools to buy tickets is the root of the problem? I wonder why schools haven't pulled together to fight this clause? They could crush the bowl association if they really wanted to.
OSU overall records:
Penn State for sure.
Wisconsin would list Minnesota and Iowa as bigger rivals than Ohio State.
Those that are calling for the death penalty have no idea how the legal system works. The Sandusky victims will rightfully sue Penn State for millions of dollars. If you are objectively searching for proper (albeit imperfect) justice for the victims and punishment for Penn State the correct course of action has nothing to do with putting the football team on a 1-3 year hiatus. To do otherwise would blindfully narrow this tragedy into a primarily "sports" issue--doing nothing for the victims in the process.
A playoff without recognition of conference champions will continue to kill out of conference scheduling. Teams no longer need that bump to get into the top 2. Look at Oregon's loss to LSU last year; would have been the reason for their absence from the playoff despite winning the PAC12.
To anyone that doesn't support some recognition of conference champions in the playoff: Last year, top 4 teams would have put Stanford in over Pac12 champ Oregon, who beat Stanford. Oregon was ranked lower due to their tough OOC loss to LSU, while Stanford only played ND OOC. Only in college football...
Although your point is spot on, the FCS doesn't use the system illustrated in you bracket. The only way to preserve the regular season is to maximize conference champions. That means C USA, MAC, WAC, MWC, Big East all get automatic bids and are then ranked (as FCS does) by committee or BCS-type system for the bracket.
10 - Conference auto bids
6 - At large
Join the B1G. Then you can play Akron and Toledo in weeks 1 and 2 instead of Army and Navy in weeks 6 and 8. Or don't complain.
Since we're on the expansion tangent...what would a Big Ten 2010 Champsionship game be looking like right now? Wisconsin in the drivers seat in the "east" and Iowa in the "west"? An Iowa loss to OSU would put Michigan State (or Nebraska) in the championship game I guess. We would have no shot unless Wisky drops one....hmmm...the future is uncertain indeeed...
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