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Also, pay the damn players already.
If you are a decent recruit in this day and age why would you choose to play at a midwest or northeast school? Who here would choose Nebraska over Miami or USC, all other things being equal? I think given how easy both virtual and actual travel are now, there are probably structural issues that will make it increasingly difficult for the likes of Nebraska, Michigan, and Penn State to compete for top level recruits going forward.
I saw Auburn was selling plenty of merchandise with Chris Davis on it.
I do think the BIG has to earn its way back into any conversation about "national championships," simply due to how poorly they've played on the big stage in the BCS era.
Assuming by heavily recruited player you mean one with legitimate aspirations of playing in the NFL, Stanford is waaaay back of the other three on your list. An academically superior college of course.
Auburn's big win is a flukey home win against Alabama. Why should we think they're better than Ohio State?
Because they play in a football conference.
I think this is true. I think (big surprise) that the SEC is the best, by a fair margin, football conference in the nation.
Also, pay the damn players already.
6. You could definitely find a school with prettier girls.
but Florida State didn't schedule anyone outside of conference either.
I don't know what measurement would place Penn State over Nebraska on a historical scale.
1. I've only been following college football since the mid-'80s.
2. I have paid much more attention to the Big Ten than to any other conference.
3. Penn State has been in the Big Ten longer than Nebraska.
4. Penn State has been elite more recently than Nebraska. (The last time Nebraska lost 2 or fewer games was 2001. Penn State has had three such seasons since then. Well, technically they've all been vacated.)
5. I didn't do any research.
6. I don't know that much about college football. :-)
It's hard to get schools to agree on games these days, as fewer and fewer big teams want to play out-of-conference
Next year, with the addition of Rutgers and Maryland, they will be realigning into what appear to be strictly geographical divisions, divided between Bloomington and West Lafayette:
EAST: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers
WEST: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin
If you're building on (protected) cross-divisional rivalries, wouldn't it be better to retain Nebraska v. Iowa? Then you can shift Michigan State back to Penn State (the "land-grant trophy" rivalry that they've been trying to manufacture for the last decade or two) and Wisconsin can be paired with geographically close Minnesota.
Having protected cross-divisional rivalries leaves you playing the other teams every 6 years unless they go to a 9 game schedule. I don't think many care about it, but Illinois and OSU play for a trophy (A wooden turtle...) and they'd only be playing every 6 years in that scenario.
each team would play the other 6 schools in their division + their rival + 1 other cross-divisional team
Your points are valid, but one of the big reasons Michigan State does well in basketball is that the state of Michigan has always been a hotbed of talent, with lots of good players coming out of Detroit, Flint, and even Lansing. Tom Izzo, in fact, focuses heavily on in-state recruiting, and most of his non-Michigan recruits come from nearby Ohio or Indiana. So that's actually one competitive advantage Michigan State has.
When they don't even sell beer (which I believe is a NCAA policy)?
If so, they make exceptions for bowl games. Or at least the Rose Bowl.
I want to say Louisville serves alcohol at both basketball and football games
I suppose, but how hard is it to carry enough cash to cover concession stand purchases? When they don't even sell beer (which I believe is a NCAA policy)?
I'm just not sure how to solve it when conferences keep getting bigger and bigger and schedules are (probably) limited to 12 games. I suppose if you had 18-team conferences with two divisions, each team could play 8 games against ONLY its division. But then you'd probably have to lose some traditional rivalries.
However, the Big 10 would have a neat way around this. If they added four more teams (for the sake of an example, let's say they pillage the Big 12 and add Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Iowa State), they could have "Big 10 Classic" as one 9-team division, and "New Big 10" as the other 9-team division. Big 10 Classic could take the original 10 members and jettison, well, let's say Northwestern (MSU is by far the most recent addition, but I think they would be missed more than Northwestern), which would move to the New Big 10 with Penn State, Nebraska, Maryland, Rutgers, and the Big 12 teams.
I wonder how feasible it would be to set up a system where the top 3 performers in each division from each year are forced to play each other the next, while keeping everyone's one big rivalry game. I'd guess that if a husband and wife team can make the entire MLB schedule, the Big Ten Network can rub enough nickels together to find someone who can figure it out, but I should never underestimate the Big Ten's cheapness.
Feels like UW got a pretty nice upgrade by having Steve Sarksian hired away from them.
Depends whether "one big rivalry game" means "biggest cross-division rival" or "biggest rival, period." The latter could be worked out by hand in a matter of hours, given the caveat that Indiana and Northwestern must swap divisions. The former can't be done.
Absolutely latter. I never understood the desire to split up rivals across divisions, simply because that meant you could go a couple years never seeing a certain opponent in the other division. And it seems the Big Ten fixed that with the new arrangement. You're going to have one cross divisional rivalry with an odd number of teams in each division, but there's only the one. Though I'm not sure where you're going with the Indiana-NW swap.
Notre Dame accepts bid to Pinstripes Bowl.
Texas has no chance of winning, because our quarterback is a noodle armed #### that would never have sniffed a scholarship at Texas if his brother didn't play here. He's a ####### case study in nepotism.
It's not just Auburn and Missouri, though. South Carolina beats Georgia 41-30. LSU beats Georgia 44-41. Texas A&M beats Arkansas 45-33.
Ohio State better blow Michigan State out of the water tonight or Auburn is going to jump them.
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