Appalachian State and Louisiana State announced they will open the 2008 season with a game in Baton Rouge. While a matchup of defending national champions in I-A and I-AA appears to have a certain sex appeal and everybody and their sister are saying what a great thing this is, we beg to differ.
This is another case of a big-time player (LSU) taking advantage of the system and scheduling an automatic victory. Bottom line: Teams from I-A should not be playing I-AA teams. If they do, it should not count.
LSU is not alone. Texas Tech had an opening on the same day (Aug. 30). The Red Raiders went ahead and scheduled dreaded Eastern Washington, another I-AA team. Shame, shame, shame!
And to think we could have opened the season with an Eastern Washington-Appalachian State matchup. Almost as good as Texas Tech-LSU.