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BallHype: hype it up! Thursday, December 13, 2007
Seeing the trend?

Non-Conference Quality Opponents
Florida Gators Southern Miss (9-5), @ Florida State (7-6)
Texas @ Ohio State (10-2)
Southern Cal Virginia Tech (10-3), Notre Dame (6-6)
LSU @ Arizona (2-10),
Ohio State @ Texas Tech (9-5), Washington St. (10-3), Cincinnati (7-7)

There is something to be taken from the last 5 BCS champion. They all scheduled quality opponents from other BCS conferences. In this day and age of needing to almost go undefeated to make it to the championship game (except this year), schools are shying away from scheduling other BCS opponents taking the easy way out and paying for that easy W. This is why Coastal Carolina and Temple serves absolutely no purpose being on our schedule. If we win, great, no one outside of Happy Valley cares and there is not a chance in hell voters will move the Lions up the rankings for beating Coastal or Temple. If we lose however, oh, break out the ear-muffs because the laughter will be heard all the way from El Paso. So scheduling these useless matchups are not only unattractive to ticket holders, but is a no-win situation.

Recently some prominent alum have threatened to withdraw their contributions to Penn State if the two idiots who wore Virginia Tech victim costumes for Halloween were not expelled prompting the university to actually issue a memo asking the students to conduct an 'impromptu' show of support. It is not the irony of requesting an 'impromptu' show of support which interests me, but rather the fact that the administration felt compelled by the threat of the dollar that they actually responded. I hereby call upon alumni and graduating students to issue monetary threats against the school. If we see Coastal Carolina or Temple on the schedule next year, we will keep those dollars tucked away in our wallets instead of headed over to dear ol' State.

That'll make em listen. Money always talks.
posted by Nittany White Out @ 7:14 PM  
  • At December 14, 2007 at 5:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I don't mean to disproof your point, but (1) that ND team USC played was terrible, (2) SMU is not even a BCS team, (3) You said it yourself, Az St was god aweful at 2-10, not exactly quality, and finally (4) Cinci was a CUSA team that as was VERY average the year OSU played them. To be honest, I don't think there is any corrilation between schedule and MNCs...wins are wins and wins are what got OSU to the MNC game this season, not a strong SOS...

    Also, minor point, but the Big Ten has a contract with the MAC stating that each B10 team will play a MAC team. Instead of sending $600,000 to Ohio (akron, kent, miami, ou, bg, toledo) or Michigan (the directionals), we signed a long term contract with recent MAC crasher Temple. So that game isn't going anywhere, and if it does, its going to be replaced by an equally crappy MAC school.

    Other than that, though, I agree. They bailed themselves out with Or St, but if they keep sending out very weak games to season ticketholders (remember Michigan will rotate back of the schedule, meaning if they don't step up there will be years where our best home game could be someone like Iowa), people are going to start sending $3,000 a year when you can buy the whole package on ebay for $700.

  • At December 14, 2007 at 6:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sad thing is, PSU admin would've been content with Ark St. on the schedule...we only went looking for Oregon St. b/c Ark St. backed out on us.

  • At December 14, 2007 at 7:40 AM, Blogger Paterno Lives! said…

    I did hear that, but then again they did pick up Alabama instead. I heard somewhere that ESPN was involved, I don't know how that is even possible, but they were interested in a matchup that week and helped facilitate this...or so the story goes.

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