We continue to fight for you, the college football fan.
With salaries skyrocketing for coaches and ticket prices rising just as rapidly, fans deserve to see quality games each and every week. Seriously, what good does it do when your team schedules DeVry Institute? Such a game amounts to a glorified scrimmage. Why don't college football's heavyweights go toe-to-toe each week?
As Ric Flair says, "To be the man, you have to beat the man."
That brings us back to the fantastic study by Ed Gunther of National Championship Issue. Last week we talked about teams that have been feasting on cupcakes in nonconference play for the past 10 years. Today we present a conference-by-conference examination of scheduling.
This first chart details the total number of nonconference home games the past 10 years. Not surprisingly, Bowl Championship Series conferences occupy the top six slots, with the Southeastern Conference leading the way.
Charting the total road games shows how seldom teams from the power conferences pack their bags for nonconference play. Check out the Southeastern Conference, whose teams have played only 78 nonconference road games in 10 years. Amazing.
Now take a look at the total number of I-AA opponents scheduled for home games the past 10 years. Of the power conferences, the Big 12 and the SEC lead the way. Since the NCAA adopted the divisional setup in 1978, only five I-A teams have not played a I-AA opponent. Those teams are Michigan State, Notre Dame, USC, UCLA and Washington.
Here's a breakdown of the percentages of I-AA opponents booked for home games. This shows the class system in college football, with lower-level I-A conferences scheduling a higher percentage of I-AA teams in nonleague play.
Seldom does the team from a power conference travel to a lower-level I-A opponent. And Arkansas is using a new trick to make it appear the Razorbacks are playing more road games when they're actually not.
Louisiana Monroe, which entered into a five-game agreement with Arkansas in 2003, will be paid $500,000 for a game in Little Rock on Sept. 6. As part of the deal, Louisiana Monroe will be designated as the home team in order to use the crowd count for its home attendance figures.
Welcome to fraudulent world of college football in 2008.