Poll Results

Poll: Poll: Of Tennessee's four non-conference games per season, how many should be against teams from power conferences?

Response Percent Votes
Two
 
46% 1175
One
 
21% 539
Three
 
14% 370
Four
 
11% 296
Zero
 
5% 128
total votes: 2508

Comments » 30

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Yeah I got it right!!

SummittsCourt writes:

If you look at who the Vols have scheduled for the future, plus 8 SEC games each year makes it a difficult schedule every year.

Oregon, Oklahoma St., Notre Dame, etc.

volsmith writes:

Tennessee and all other major college teams should play 4 tough out of conference games.

stevefrommemphis writes:

I was generous and voted "3". I actually think it should be "4" Any fewer than 2 is a disgrace and cheats the season ticket holders.

hateNCloveTN writes:

in response to volsmith:

Tennessee and all other major college teams should play 4 tough out of conference games.

dude, u hit the nail square on the head.

rbwtn writes:

Can't you remember what happened with this stupid scheduling? Hamilton ran. He wanted UT to have a good season by playing small college teams. Guess he forgot we (UT) has never ran from any team. Seems like we never think "What if we beat Oregon, Southern Cal etc."? I'd rather play and loose than play nobody and win. At least 3 out of 4 non conference games should be with quality schools. The TV revenue itself makes it worth it.

Enki_Amenra writes:

Playing 3+ major conference foes would be a good way to "Separate the men from the boys" at an elite college football level.

It could also help eliminate many of the belly-aching debates regarding non-conference strength-of-schedule, but I think it could damage the overall integrity of the sport at the university level.

Many of the smaller schools, who are able to secure a game against the nation's power conference programs, rely on the financial boost delivered by such match-ups.

However, it would be nice to see an agreement reached that would require teams to schedule a minimum of 3 opponents from any conference similar to their own.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to Enki_Amenra:

Playing 3+ major conference foes would be a good way to "Separate the men from the boys" at an elite college football level.

It could also help eliminate many of the belly-aching debates regarding non-conference strength-of-schedule, but I think it could damage the overall integrity of the sport at the university level.

Many of the smaller schools, who are able to secure a game against the nation's power conference programs, rely on the financial boost delivered by such match-ups.

However, it would be nice to see an agreement reached that would require teams to schedule a minimum of 3 opponents from any conference similar to their own.

No way any major program will schedule more than two. I think one good OOC and 3 pansies is all an SEC team needs to be considered for the National Championship. With the SEC championship game and Alabama, Florida, and Georgia every year there is no need to make the schedule so tough.

DonK37920 writes:

in response to volsmith:

Tennessee and all other major college teams should play 4 tough out of conference games.

It's why I hope the 5 big conferences break away as is being discussed. Then everyone would have to schedule only within those 5 conferences and the OOC matchups nationwide each week would be must see TV.
Even before that happens, it's getting ridiculous that they ask us to pay for the OOC games they have this year. I'll go but I don't blame any out of town fans for sitting those out.

volsmith writes:

Pac 10 or Pac 12 teams generally play a lot tougher out of conference schedules than SEC teams play.

6972 writes:

in response to volsmith:

Tennessee and all other major college teams should play 4 tough out of conference games.

Agreed! Who wants to see any SEC team play a glorified high school team. Play the tough ones, and take your chances on the scoreboard.

GburgOrange writes:

Look at our basketball surprise. Bad schedule will keep you out of the dance.
Strength of schedule outside the conference will be more and more important in football too.

McMinnVol writes:

I voted two. I wish it was four, but I know that won't happen. I would love to see four quality out of conference games each year, but somebody has to lose those games and it would cost too many coaches their jobs. It won't happen.

As for the comments about paying to go see the patsy games, I am willing to pay reduced prices on the street for those games. But there is no way I would pay top dollar to watch them play South Alabama, etc. It just isn't worth that kind of money,in my opinion.

On a related note, we are currently scheduled for home and home series with Oklahoma, UConn, Nebraska, and Ohio State (between 2014 to 2019). It will be interesting to see how many of these games actually get played. I hope they all get played, but won't be shocked if some get dropped (by either us or them). GO VOLS!

SteelerNation writes:

in response to volsmith:

Pac 10 or Pac 12 teams generally play a lot tougher out of conference schedules than SEC teams play.

Because their conference is pitiful. One maybe two ranked teams. SEC five in the top ten.

Vol82OK writes:

One Top notch opponent and one good opponent. The others need to be absolute wins. With the SEC schedule every year anything else is insane. For those of you who want to win enough to play in the BCS bowls and perhaps once a decade plan for the national championship your stupid to schedule 3 or 4.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Most of you complainers pay for whole bunches of channels you never watch. Movies you'll never see more than once if the whole thing. Save the TV money and go to a "pansy" game. Eat BBQ and have a few too many but not enough to hurt someone or get arrested.lol Buy a UT hat, shirt, and banner and still save more than the cost of TV for a month or two.

VOLKING writes:

in response to volsmith:

Pac 10 or Pac 12 teams generally play a lot tougher out of conference schedules than SEC teams play.

Yeah. Right. Comparing Pac 12 teams to the SEC. Thanks for playing. Might as well be the OVC.

tenndave writes:

Do you realize how many injuries a schedule like that would mean. With lower limits on scholarships that 30 yrs ago, you can't play an Alabama every week and not put your team's health at risk.

arkyvol writes:

playing a bottom feeder like Oregon State, Iowa State, or Virginia only proves that you know how to choose your stiffs.

onevol writes:

To be the best you have to play the best. UT at one time played one of the toughest schedules in the country. But not anymore. Alabama is setting the example now. They have the kind of schedule that kids want to play for.

Mike Strange wrote an excellent article. I stopped buying UT season tickets in 1992 and I see no reason to go back with the likes of South Alabama, Austin Peay, Georgia State, UTM, etc. I would rather watch real football at home on the big screen HD.

John_10065 writes:

in response to volsmith:

Tennessee and all other major college teams should play 4 tough out of conference games.

2 is enough, 3 would be pushing it. Most teams are playing 12-13 games a year and even the pansies in their conference tend to "get up" for their traditional rivalries.

Teams need a couple cubcakes to evaluate talent against and give lower classmen on the field experience.

Besides these aren't professionals with signing bonuses, they are unpaid college athletes that will mostly do other things after college besides sports. Putting them into a meatgrinder week after week with an already expanded schedule for our entertainment is wrong.

Orange_Power_T writes:

The BCS system dropped the strength of schedule so forget a strong schedule adding points on the total. It may help with the coaches poll but until ALL teams agree to schedule accordingly- it will never happen. A Michigan fan confided in me that the SEC was so tough a schedule, he saw why we scheduled the patsies. Ohio State will do well in the system this year and they have one of the easiest schedules ever. Again, until it goes across the board, I see no need to add major P5 teams only to dis-service our record. It is a letdown to play very small schools, and yes I would very much like to see quality games each and every week. Unfortunately smaller teams depend on these games for additional monies that help their programs. There will be despairity regardless of which league, even the NFL, but closing the gap would be great. Even at that, I'm just not for it until it is governed across the board.

bigorangejungle writes:

It should really only be 3 OOC as we should be playing 9 SEC games. Of those 3 two should be power conference teams and no FCS teams allowed.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to tenndave:

Do you realize how many injuries a schedule like that would mean. With lower limits on scholarships that 30 yrs ago, you can't play an Alabama every week and not put your team's health at risk.

And we have a winner...this aint basketball...and injury attrition would devastate a team in the SEC...I like playing one or even two OOC games against top flight schools but we need the "week off" to recover...thats just good business...

EastTnVols962 writes:

in response to onevol:

To be the best you have to play the best. UT at one time played one of the toughest schedules in the country. But not anymore. Alabama is setting the example now. They have the kind of schedule that kids want to play for.

Mike Strange wrote an excellent article. I stopped buying UT season tickets in 1992 and I see no reason to go back with the likes of South Alabama, Austin Peay, Georgia State, UTM, etc. I would rather watch real football at home on the big screen HD.

Have you actually looked at Bama's OOC schedule this year? VA Tech is the only decent OOC school they play. Then they have Colorado St, Georgia St, and Chattanooga. I would say we have a tougher OOC than them, especially traveling to Eugene for Oregon.

Razzle writes:

in response to VOLKING:

Yeah. Right. Comparing Pac 12 teams to the SEC. Thanks for playing. Might as well be the OVC.

mikethehistorystudent writes:

We compete in the SEC. Isn't our schedule hard enough already? One or two additional challenging games is plenty.

iowavol writes:

in response to GburgOrange:

Look at our basketball surprise. Bad schedule will keep you out of the dance.
Strength of schedule outside the conference will be more and more important in football too.

First sentence, correct. Second sentence, what are you smoking. Two completely different processes for selecting post season opportunities.

iowavol writes:

Wow, there are some really funny posts on this subject. UT does no good for itself scheduling more than two - if that many - tough outside of conference opponents. Fans are happier for their weekend with the tickets, etc... but the team is not.

Volunteerfan74 writes:

in response to volsmith:

Tennessee and all other major college teams should play 4 tough out of conference games.

I totally agree, it will make them stronger, even if we lose we gain experience!!!!!

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