We Don’t Play Cupcakes! Toughest Schedules 2001-2008

Posted by Misthaufen on September-2-2009 Add Comments

Over the last several years, a disturbing trend has taken over college football.  Rather than scheduling difficult out-of-conference (OOC) games, many schools have decided to play three or four OOC games against vastly inferior competition, thereby inflating their record.

This trend has increased rapidly as the BCS formula evolved into a more subjective test.  Today, most of the BCS standings result from the USA Today Coaches' Poll and the made-for-BCS Harris Poll, each providing one-third of the current BCS calculation. 

Voters, many of whom have admitted to watching only limited numbers of teams or having assistants and staffers involved in the voting process, provide a subjective determination of quality.<...

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