fighting muskie wrote:
If a Big 12 school is left out the 4 team playoff it will not be because of the lack of a title game; it will be because of the weak OOC scheduling that is rampant in that league:
Baylor---Wofford (FCS), Buffalo (MAC), ULM (SBC)
Iowa St---Northern Iowa (FCS), Iowa (B1G), at Tulsa (C-USA-->AAC)
Kansas---South Dakota (FCS), at Rice (C-USA), LA Tech (C-USA)
Kansas St---SD St (FCS), ULL (SBC), UMass (MAC)
Oklahoma---ULM (SBC), Tulsa (C-USA-->AAC), at Notre Dame (Indy)
Oklahoma St---vs Miss St (SEC), at UTSA (C-USA), Lamar (FCS)
TCU---vs LSU (SEC), SE LA (FCS), SMU (AAC)
Texas---New Mexico St (Indy), at BYU (Indy), Ole Miss (SEC)
Texas Tech---at SMU (AAC), S.F. Austin (FCS), Texas St (SBC)
WVU---Wm & Mary (FCS), Georgia St (SBC), vs Maryland (ACC--> B1G)
To recap, out of 30 OOC games:
8 are against FCS
16 are against SBC (5), MAC (2), C-USA (5), AAC (2), and non-BCS independents(2)----only 3 of these are away games
6 are against other Power 5 conference members and Notre Dame----3 of these are neutral site games, Oklahoma will be the only B12 team traveling to a hostile stadium to face an elite foe)
Alabama - vs VA Tech (ACC), CO St (MWC), GA St (FCS), Chattanooga (FCS)
Auburn - WA St (P12), Ark St (SBC), Western Carolina (FCS), FAU (CUSA)
Arkansas - ULL (SBC), Samford (FCS), SoMiss (CUSA), @ Rutgers (AAC)
Florida - Toledo (MAC), @ Miami (ACC), GA Southern (FCS), FSU (ACC)
Georgia - @ Clemson (ACC), UNT (CUSA), App St (FCS), @ GA Tech (ACC)
Kentucky - vs WKU (SBC), Miami OH (MAC), Lville (AAC), AL St (FCS)
LSU - vs TCU (B12), UAB (CUSA), Kent St (MAC), Furman (FCS)
Ole Miss - SEMU (FCS), @ Texas (B12), Idaho (Indy), Troy (SBC)
Mississippi St - vs OK St (B12), Alcorn St (FCS), Troy (SBC), Bowling Green (MAC)
Mizzou - Murray St (FCS), Toledo (MAC), @ Indiana (B1G), Ark St (SBC)
South Carolina - UNC (ACC), @ UCF (AAC), Coastal Carolina (FCS), Clemson (ACC)
Tennessee - Austin Peavy (FCS), WKU (SBC), @ Oregon (P12), USA (SBC)Texas A&M - Rice (CUSA), SHSU (FCS), SMU (AAC), UTEP (CUSA)
Vanderbilt - Austin Peavy (FCS), @ UMass (MAC), UAB (CUSA), WF (ACC)
To recap, out of 56 OOC games:
EVERY SEC school plays an FCS team (compared to only 8 in the Big 12) and Alabama even plays 2.
27 are against SBC (8), MAC (6), C-USA (7), AAC (4), MWC (1) and non-BCS independent (1)----only 3 of these are away games
(that's 1 game shy of half of the SEC's OOC schedule which is about the same as the Big 12 which is 1 game more than half, plus when you factor in nonBCS+FCS the Big 12 clearly has more qualitly non BCS OOC games).
14 are against other Power 5 conference members...here's the difference all the rest is B/S.
The Big 12 plays a 9 game conference schedule meaning everyone plays 9 BCS level opponents + they have 6 of them have a 10th on the schedule and 4 others do not (KU, KSU, TT, Baylor).
The SEC plays an 8 game conference schedule schedule meaning everyone plays 8 BCS level opponents + they all try to have a 9th on the schedule, however 3 do not (Texas A&M, Kentucky, Arkansas) but 3 have a 10th BCS level rival scheduled to make up for it (FL, GA, SC).
If you want to say FL/GA/SC are better than KU/KSU/TT/Bay then fine but to insinuate that the SEC just has flat out more difficult OOC schedules than the Big 12 is mostly false. The SEC has a tougher conference schedule granted, which is why their champ will make the playoff 90% of the time, however that's besides the point.
If any B12 team goes undefeated they'll make it in regardless of the SOS, with 1 loss most likely Texas/OU/OkSU/TCU/WVU would still make it in with their recently history and OOC schedule but likely not TT/KU/KSU/Baylor or ISU.
Alabama will only play one FCS, GSU is now FBS.
If your going to ban FCS, then the SB, MAC and CUSA should be banned also. These teams arent any better than top level FCS teams.