Isn't it GREAT that the NCAA expanded the number of games allowed from eleven to twelve? This extra game gives teams the opportunity to play everyone in conference, opens the door for marque cross country/conference match ups, and adds at least one more week to a great college football season! However news this week from the ACC's spring meetings validates what is actually happening with this 12th game.
The ACC coaches and AD's decided to nix a 9th conference game stating that it would hurt teams chances of getting bowl games. REALLY? They have opted instead to keep the ability to schedule 4 patsies and guarantee themselves a bowl bid. At least they are honest about it. They aren't hiding behind the pretense of helping the "sisters of the poor" like Ohio State claims they are doing for Youngstown State.
This action goes against everything that is right with sports and competition in general. You should ALWAYS want to play someone that is better if not at least the same level of competition. If you think that the BCS system stinks now wait until you have BCS conference schools that are undefeated against such schedule busters as the Citadel and South Carolina State (both schools included on Clemson's schedule this year, a program many predict to be this year's ACC champ). Allowing this lack of competition to happen waters down the NCAA product and washes away any relevance of a regular season. This is happening without even installing a playoff! This practice cannot be allowed to continue! It is only so much fun to beat up on your little sister before it becomes boring and you look like a pathetic loser.
Can you imagine the New England Patriots scheduling the University of Massachusetts because they want to help out the in state program? Or the Dallas Cowboys playing SMU? It doesn't even make sense!
For all the bad mouthing that the Pac Ten gets for being soft, or not releasing the Rose Bowl from their grips, check this out. The Pac Ten will play every single team in their conference this year like it has since the NCAA added the 12th game. Also the conference has only scheduled TWO Division I-AA SCHOOLS for 2008! They also open the year with TWO conference games, Tennessee and @Virginia! Now that's excitement from the get go! Conference programs will be playing Oklahoma, Ohio State, @Penn State, Georgia, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame three times, BYU twice, and @Maryland. If you want a model from which to determine a competitive, every game matters schedule, look NO further then the Pacific Ten Conference. "The Conference of Champions!"
Note to BCS conferences: GROW A PAIR and quit beating up your sister! You know, they will put you in jail eventually!