Let me be the first to say, I favor great sectional matchups like Alabama/Michigan and Oklahoma/Notre Dame which will be coming to a TV Screen near you this fall. They're great early season reminders of why college football is so great.
But I understand why most teams opt to play East Handkerchief State U instead.
And why not? As an SEC school, why should you play Penn State, Texas, or Oregon when you can play McNeese State, South Alabama, and Georgia Southern?
Why risk a loss when you know going 12-0 or 11-1 will result in you going to the National Championship almost always anyways?
This might be an even greater problem and an unforeseen consequence of a playoff. Some have said playoffs will result in tougher non-conference schedules but IMO, depending on the format chosen, it could give teams more incentive to do away with tough OOC games.
Because it's a proven mathematical fact that if you double the amount of spots of Championship contestants to four from two, there's more incentive to have a better looking record come selection time and to eliminate the blemishes
The only way to avoid that fate of crap college football Septembers is to take the top rated conference champions as the selection mode for an eventual four team playoff, then OOC games will be a little less important to the whole process and teams will have more incentive to schedule a bit tougher.
But to people complaining about teams scheduling soft currently, my question is: Why shouldn't they? Yeah, it sucks for fans -- but the logic is incredibly solid on just scheduling wins and chancing it by rolling through your conference, especially if you are from one of those three letter conferences that start with an S and end with a C.
While I give it up to teams like Oklahoma, Michigan, Alabama, Florida State, etc. who schedule big time non-conference matchups on regular occasion, they're the exception and not the rule, which is both a shame and understandable all at the same time.
What do you think? Is scheduling weaker non-conference opponents a better idea than scheduling a power team or two?