I'll add to your scenario. FSU undefeated. Oregon only loss is Sparty & beats UCLA twice. Oklahoma loss to Baylor. Two-loss South Carolina beats undefeated Bama. Committee chooses head-to-head. B1G gets two teams. FSU and Oklahoma. South secedes.
I'd liken it to college baseball where the draft occurs during the season. That is a down side, to be sure, but I think the potential to shine without the glare of Power Five and NFL would be worth it. Imagine ESPN/Fox sports/NBC Sports, et al showing football instead of poker or softball. Better Saturday Game of the Week on ESPN than late night Sports Time Ohio.
On Saturdays when OSU plays, how many MAC teams sell out? I would go to a MAC game on a nice April-May Saturday or at least watch on TV because I'd be football hungry. Now I ignore them. It's an extension of playing on Tuesday night.
Given the criteria, 1970 has to be on the list. After the debacle of 1969, the entire state counted the days until the next game. Woody made a special rug with the 1969 score printed on it for the players to walk across to enter the facility.
I bought an Apple TV for use at a second home. It worked great with my ipad. I have TWC in my home so I was able to access TWC to go (BTN is a necessity in the south) and Amazon Prime. It was simple to install.
I think CBS is missing a profit opportunity. Granted, there is a market for Russian women loudly grunting as they hit a ball over a net, but I'd wager more people would watch OSU-Navy. Flip the channels for three hours.
As an alternative, could the CBS affiliates buy one-time rights?
The D-line will benefit tremendously from the new defensive scheme. Why? Because if press coverage takes away the short passes, QBs will go for the streak. That means the QB will hold on to the ball longer; hence, more sack/strip opportunities. Better the risk of a rare bomb than the certainty of a death of a thousand bubble screen cuts a la the Orange Bowl. Now if Ash/Coombs teach the corners to turn and go for the ball, it'll be a win/win.
DJ, do you have QUBE from Time Warner? There's this thing where you press two buttons at once ....
1. Don't forget OSU added 2500 seats this season. 2. The luxury boxes can buy standing room tickets. It would be great if an all-time record Michigan crowd put OSU over the top for the season attendance record.
Keeping Coombs and a full boat of scholarships for 2016 will be key.
The B12 is UC's only hope. If the NCAA allows title games for conferences with less than twelve teams, it's over. Why expand and dilute the pot? It will take the B12 getting left out of the Final Four and the committee pointing to lack of a title game to get them to change.
The $20 is a guess for tickets sold in front of ST John two hours before kickoff. There are always season ticket holders looking to get rid of tickets. People back out of ticket obligations all the time and ticket holders get stiffed. They 'll try to get whatever they can get, but don't want to haggle, especially for Kent State. I've been there myself. As an alternative, I expect returned tickets from KSU will go on sale the Monday before the game at face value - $79. These are decent seats in 8A and 8C.
I'd wager Kent State tickets will be had for $20 each. If your goal is the experience, that will be your best bet. Put the difference toward air fare or greens fees. Or maybe do a Thurman Burger too.
Now take it to the next level: there is a futures market for tickets to the National Championship. You pay market price for the right to buy tickets if your team makes it. Two years ago, an ND fan paid $20 for the right to a ticket. He sold the right for $1100. Now here's the kicker: face value for a ticket in the upper deck corner is $450. If it's, say, OSU and Alabama, how much will the after market be?
The value of Larry Johnson as a recruiter is becoming manifest. I doubt if you could get a non-PC answer, but I'd love to know if he finds recruiting for OSU easier than PSU. Just the prospect of living in an urban city instead of an Appalachian hamlet has to be more attractive to recruits from eastern cities. Yes, I know Cornell is from Minneapolis, but I'm thinking Sweat, Haskins, Green, et al.
1. Ohio HS football teams used to be able to buy group tickets in South Stands. Bring that back for non-marquee games. 2. I've posted this before, but I've become a convert to Power Five OOC scheduling. Every team plays an eight-game conference schedule and one OOC game against each of the other conferences, two home and two away. Play the games on weeks two, three, six, and ten. Mix the games evenly. That way on week ten you have the prospect of Minnesota at Miami or LSU at Camp Randall. The downside is you're locked into six home games and for a school like OSU that makes $7M for a home game regardless of opponent, it's a huge money hit not to have a 7th home game.
The key will be making the opposition pay if they key on Wilson. Perhaps his best value last season was as a decoy. If Devon Smith and Spencer don't produce, I think they will be replaced quickly. That evaluation will start with the first play against Navy. Play action bomb.
Last year, Ohio U. This year, Wright State. OSU will play other Ohio schools, but not on an away basis. Bob Baptist can rail about it all he wants, but the need to pay the Schott's bills trumps all. I'd rather save the OOC away games for Kansas, UCLA, et al.
The conversion of cable viewers in the metro NY/DC markets to basic tier from sports packages (est. $1 vs. $.10) alone will pay more than the SEC Network when fully implemented.
Add Kirk and Sweat to the above-list and compensate with Spence and Grant (yes, I expect the change in philosophy benefitting him that much) turning pro.
Jim Tressel-autographed Block O flag that flew in Afghanistan.
When you sign an exclusive rights deal and pay big bucks, you expect to produce a university-sanctioned shirt that will make you money. BTW, it's "swoosh."
Fodder for a future Photoshop Friday.