I like watching big games at the beginning of the season like the VT/Boise St and UNC/LSU this year so I look forward to watching the Oregon/LSU game next year. I wish more teams would do them like they do in College Basketball. But all these schools a) don't want to play away without a huge payout and b) are afraid to hurt their season. They can't all be like my alum, FSU, playing a great out of conference schedule (Oklahoma, BYU, and Florida) .
It's unfortunate for us. In CBB, there's no penalty for losing a game since you have a playoff. In CFB FBS, where "the regular season is a playoff" (but it's not), a loss is pretty death for a national championship (in most cases). This is all old news, but there's no incentive for the Ohio States, LSUs, and Texas of the college football world to schedule other contenders or non-contenders (TCU/BSU) when they unfairly start at the top of the polls every season (just look at Texas and Florida this season). Ohio State is most guilty of this in recent memory in my opinion and they totally didn't deserve to play in the BCS title game against Florida in 2006. Their best win was against Texas who ended up losing 2 more games. That victory against Michigan was hollow given how USC dismantled that team in the Rose Bowl. It should've been USC vs. Florida (USC was #1/#2 in the human polls).
If they just did away with preseason polls and didn't have polls until 4 weeks later, everything would be fine. But sadly they need every dollar they can get (COME WATCH #1 Alabama (undeserving) vs. #213 Delaware Community College!!!)
Props to Oregon and LSU for scheduling that game. It'll at least quiet down the SEC/Pac-10 debate a slight bit (microscopic bit that is). Shouldn't be any griping about Oregon's schedule next season (LSU and Nevada on the slate, 1 more unknown for non-conference).
Edited by MasterSun1, 22 November 2010 - 11:10 PM.