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Well Strange has part of it right, but I believe he might be barking up the wrong tree when it comes to a 12 or 13 game season. The first game of the year used to be around mid-September. We used to play Auburn that first game and we knew what kind of football team we had. But with a 12 to 13 game schedule a few easy marks is expected. It allows teams to have what is really the same as a practice game;and, it allows weaker teams to build up their enthusiasm and put enough money in their program to survive. When we play Western Kentucky, Austin Peay, Middle Tennessee, UT Martin, etc.etc., we are pumping up the state economy. So, from a financial situation, the in-state or near state games are good; however, this can serve to create some resentment from fans as they are naturally rooting for their hometown teams.
I think the NCAA should limit conferences to 12 teams. This 14 and the talk of 16 team conferences will sectionalize the fan base. 8 big boy conferences could be possible which would allow for a reasonable playoff structure. I THINK NOTRE DAME and other declared independents should be made to play in a different conference each year. This could rile up support all the place. Imagine Notre Dame in the SEC for one year, then the ACC, then Big ten. They could still be independent except for six conference must play games. This would automatically fix the playoff malady of independent teams.
Anybody got a match? I'll work for food and a bottle of Thunderbird.
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