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Not sure where this thread goes but give me some feed back. On way to work today, I had a disagreement with my adult son. We were discussing BCS and how teams are selected for bowls, strength of schedule, etc. Our disagreement came over sloppy wins. His opinion I have seen shared by others on this MB. My comment was directed at all sports. For my personal satisfaction, I do not enjoy sloppy wins by the team I am rooting for. I accept that a win is a win but I am irritated when players do not seem to be putting forth a good effort.

He seemed to be surprised that I could voice disapproval. I was not advocating giving up a win just recognizing poor play. I also have problems with teams such as U Texas playing pushovers like N. Texas State rather than scheduling a stronger team. His view was everybody does it. Am I by myself on this?
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Not sure where this thread goes but give me some feed back. On way to work today, I had a disagreement with my adult son. We were discussing BCS and how teams are selected for bowls, strength of schedule, etc. Our disagreement came over sloppy wins. His opinion I have seen shared by others on this MB. My comment was directed at all sports. For my personal satisfaction, I do not enjoy sloppy wins by the team I am rooting for. I accept that a win is a win but I am irritated when players do not seem to be putting forth a good effort.

He seemed to be surprised that I could voice disapproval. I was not advocating giving up a win just recognizing poor play. I also have problems with teams such as U Texas playing pushovers like N. Texas State rather than scheduling a stronger team. His view was everybody does it. Am I by myself on this?
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Not sure where this thread goes but give me some feed back. On way to work today, I had a disagreement with my adult son. We were discussing BCS and how teams are selected for bowls, strength of schedule, etc. Our disagreement came over sloppy wins. His opinion I have seen shared by others on this MB. My comment was directed at all sports. For my personal satisfaction, I do not enjoy sloppy wins by the team I am rooting for. I accept that a win is a win but I am irritated when players do not seem to be putting forth a good effort.

He seemed to be surprised that I could voice disapproval. I was not advocating giving up a win just recognizing poor play. I also have problems with teams such as U Texas playing pushovers like N. Texas State rather than scheduling a stronger team. His view was everybody does it. Am I by myself on this?

First of all it is the University of North Texas. There is no State attached. Sorry to complain but i am an alum. I see what you are saying. I do however believe it is ok to start the season off with a cup cake maybe even two. Kinda like a dress rehersal to get your chemistry. If Texas would have had a few more games before Ohio State they may have won that game(but im glad the didn't). However you are only hurting yourself if you don't schedule one or two moderately tough non-conference games. As for a sloppy win, one or two a season isn't bad. Texas won the national title last year with a few and USC made it to the championship game with more than a few sloppy games. You can't expect a team to be "on" every game. What matters in the end is a W.
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My personal feeling is that it can be and usually is good to design your schedule to prepare you to play better teams, in providing for what should be softer games at times.

When I played college ball for a D3 school in a very tough conference, our coach tried to schedule a lot of very hard teams into the non conference games (including D1 games in which we had virtually no chance of winning on even our best day.) It never worked for us and while I could understand the view that it would make our "for real" conference games seem easier, it also meant that we struggled to develop a chemistry and a feel for each other early on (which was due to other factors as well.) OTOH when we did play crappy teams (the UNTs to our UT) it tended to result in sloppy play and excessive garbage time that didn't really help us develop either.

IMO its all in your coaching and talent that's going to determine whether you become a winner or not in those "for real" games ... many of the college game's most successful teams (in both football and basketball) seem to schedule a couple of gimme's, especially early on into the year. The idea against gimme's is to take care of your business, learn from whatever mistakes you do make, and make sure you get the W regardless. Ideally in these games you take your moral victory from focusing on execution regardless of the score and playing mistake-free, which can be difficult to do when you are up 50. Inherent mismatches are a part of sports and while less enjoyable or fulfilling, you can't overlook the importance of what can be gained (or for that matter lost, if you're not paying attention) even in kicking the crap out of some grossly inferior team.

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I think a big state school such as Texas has an obligation to schedule smaller, Division 1-A in-state schools such as North Texas. A game with UT is a big payday for these schools, and that's vital to keep these athletic programs afloat in the post Title IX era.

Do these games hurt teams like Texas strength of schedule? Sure, but that wouldn't matter if Division 1-A football had a playoff to determine its champion (as 1-AA and basketball do). But, they don't. The real culprit aren't schools schedule makers, but the powers that be that want to prop up the bogus bowl system and sit on the idea of a playoff sytem.
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it's a two-sided coin. on one hand, it does seem like a copout for the big teams to schedule the small teams. on the other hand, those small teams are going to get better (in theory) by playing the big teams and getting more exposure.
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For teams like UT and Ohio State the other factor is recruiting. UT makes, or atleast tries to make, a trip to DFW and Houston every year; because it's an easy win and it's an oppurtunity to bring the players you are recruting from that area to a game.

and under the current system it'll never change. Would you risk a shot at the BCS title game to paly a top flight program in Sept. if you were a UT type program?
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I think a big state school such as Texas has an obligation to schedule smaller, Division 1-A in-state schools such as North Texas. A game with UT is a big payday for these schools, and that's vital to keep these athletic programs afloat in the post Title IX era.

Do these games hurt teams like Texas strength of schedule? Sure, but that wouldn't matter if Division 1-A football had a playoff to determine its champion (as 1-AA and basketball do). But, they don't. The real culprit aren't schools schedule makers, but the powers that be that want to prop up the bogus bowl system and sit on the idea of a playoff sytem.
Thanks for the move Lucky. You make one of the points I bring up; a huge payday for smaller colleges. I guess my point is, while I understand "scrimmages" against (that other University of Texas school I misidentified), it is not something that holds my interest. As far as tune ups, why shouldn't a more realistic opponent be selected? I agree it is a way to test your B team players and gives you a W, it just seems like bragging cause the team beat up on a much inferior team. I guess same could be said for pros but they have no input into what team is on the schedule. As said above, it ain't much of a challenge.
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For teams like UT and Ohio State the other factor is recruiting. UT makes, or atleast tries to make, a trip to DFW and Houston every year; because it's an easy win and it's an oppurtunity to bring the players you are recruting from that area to a game.

and under the current system it'll never change. Would you risk a shot at the BCS title game to paly a top flight program in Sept. if you were a UT type program?
Forgot about the recruitment angle. If all conferences scheduled in a more balanced way it would improve play. As the individual college schedules whom they play, I'm going to be offered the occasional cream puff. No offense North Texas U alumni, but I seldom watch those type of games. My idea would be something as in baseball when the pro team sends players to have a game against a farm league team. The top team gets a practise game & the "b" team gets a payday. Let me insert here that I am in no way trying to make comments to embarrass anyone.
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This should

Texas would be right where they need to be if it wasn't for that PAC 10 officating crew. Texas is percentage points behind Florida right now, but if OU would have won that game the way they should have. Texas's strength of schedule would be better and they would be sitting 3rd next week (assuming that they beat K State) and just waiting for Ohio State or Michigan to lose.
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there is no strength of schedule factor in the BCS anymore, so i doubt that. the computers themselves use it, but texas is already ranked ahead of UF, so it wouldn't matter.
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there is no strength of schedule factor in the BCS anymore, so i doubt that. the computers themselves use it, but texas is already ranked ahead of UF, so it wouldn't matter.
Not in the BCS

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And Louisville got upset last night. I can't believe I turned that game off before the 4th Q.
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actually now that i look at it, the computers have florida ranked 5th, and texas ranked 10th. so if UF wins out, there's pretty much no chance texas gets in. the human polls will rank UF ahead of texas with victories against SC, FSU and arkansas/auburn.
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actually now that i look at it, the computers have florida ranked 5th, and texas ranked 10th. so if UF wins out, there's pretty much no chance texas gets in. the human polls will rank UF ahead of texas with victories against SC, FSU and arkansas/auburn.
Come on, does anyone see Texas ranked 10th or lower than 3rd?
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uh, yeah. florida is 3rd.
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Come on, does anyone see Texas ranked 10th or lower than 3rd?
Had a guy on the radio, saying that if Ohio State is the remaining unbeaten team at the end of the seasons and Texas remains at one loss, human voters would most likely let them have a chance to defend their national championship. But do to the fact that the computers are killing Texas in the rankings (strength of schedule) it will be hard for Texas to jump Florida or Michigan if they both have one loss.
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I think UT's best shot at getting in the title game is for OSU to kill Michigan, sending them farther down in the polls and reinforcing that UT only lost to the best team in the country. Florida has to win out, and that is far less likley to happen then for UT to win out. This means Florida probably has its future in its hands, but they have to beat South Carolina, Florida State and probably Arkansas, and that is by no means a given.
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it's not a given that texas will be k-state, A&M or nebraska. not at all.
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He seemed to be surprised that I could voice disapproval. I was not advocating giving up a win just recognizing poor play. I also have problems with teams such as U Texas playing pushovers like N. Texas State rather than scheduling a stronger team. His view was everybody does it. Am I by myself on this?
The schedules of these schools are made pretty far in advance. North Texas were Sun Belt Conference champions 4 of the last 6 years. Not exactly a definition of a powerhouse but hardly a pushover at the time they were scheduled.

And when you schedule a home and home with Ohio State, you don't have to make excuses for the rest of your schedule for those two seasons.

But your son is correct. Just about every team in every BCS conference that is expected to compete for the MNC schedules cupcakes during their non-conference schedule. Especially the schools in the SEC. Reason being, they know they can count on their conference schedule to put their SOS where it needs to be. If you know your conference schedule is going to be tough, why risk a loss before you begin conference play?

And you won't hear the smaller schools complaining because in the process of getting their heads kicked in by the BCS giants, they're also picking up rather large paychecks (along with the exposure as previously mentioned).

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actually now that i look at it, the computers have florida ranked 5th, and texas ranked 10th. so if UF wins out, there's pretty much no chance texas gets in. the human polls will rank UF ahead of texas with victories against SC, FSU and arkansas/auburn.
Week 11 AP Poll:
1. Ohio State
2. Michigan
3. Louisville
4. Texas
5. Auburn
6. Florida

Week 11 USA Today Poll:
1. Ohio State
2. Michigan
3. Texas
4. Louisville
5. Auburn
6. Florida

South Carolina 5-4
Western Carolina 2-7
Florida State 5-4
Arkansas/Auburn

Kansas State 6-4
Texas A&M 8-2 (9-2 if they beat Nebraska today, 8-3 if they don't)
Nebraska 7-3 (8-3 if they beat A&M today, 7-4 if they don't)

If both teams win out, Florida's not passing Texas in the AP or USA Today.

But yeah, if they're (Florida) still ahead in the BCS...as they should be...it won't matter what the AP/USA Today say.
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