Wisconsin Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez said on his radio show today that all Big Ten athletic directors have agreed that the conference will no long schedule FCS and other non-BCS programs. It is believed that the schedule change will not take effect until 2016, but it is still a brilliant move.
“The nonconference schedule in our league is ridiculous,” Alvarez said. “It’s not very appealing, so we’ve made an agreement that our future games will all be Division I schools. It will not be FCS schools.”
How refreshing is that? No FCS schools means more competitive football games for the college fans. I hope all FBS schools are listening, especially those in the SEC.
College football fans can’t stomach many more 50+ to nothing games.
The SEC had one of the weakest out of conference schedules last season, despite being the clear best conference in college football. It is a sham and makes a mockery out of the game and it will only hurt the teams in the conference moving forward.
Just think, what will happen if you are playing a schedule loaded with cupcakes when the playoffs roll around?
The best way to prepare yourself for a postseason is to strap up and compete with the best. Challenge yourself every week and be sure that your team is as physically and mentally prepared as possible to advance through the playoffs. This can be done by strengthening your out of conference schedule. With the SEC banning FCS teams from their schedule, it will only make their teams more dangerous.
It doesn’t get more exciting than that.
Let’s hope that the Big Ten is setting a great example that more conferences will follow. It will be in the best interest of ratings, competitive balance and everyone involved.
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