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2.17.2006

I Miss College Football

But I was very surprised to see that Oklahoma announced yesterday that the Miami Hurricanes will be coming to Norman on September 8, 2007. So much for scheduling lightweights.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, And UT has scheduled NE South Central Arkansas Pre Education State College - if they cna find an 11th player in time.

Anonymous said...

They better..since my son and my money, (28grand per year) will be going there next year.

scrogdog said...

The fact is, that among the Big 12 schools, Oklahoma is the only one, other than possibly Colorado, that has consistently not shied away from a competitive non-conference schedule, so I don't see OU scheduling Miami as much of a surprise myself. Bob Stoops recognizes that playing a good competitive non-conference schedule is the best way to put his team in position to be ranked at the top at the end of the year when strength of schedule is just as important as your overall record if you want to play in the championship game, and he has confidence that his teams will win most of those games.
This past season's non-conference schedule included UCLA (10-2)and TCU (11-1), who both beat OU and were ranked nationally in the top 25, and Tulsa which went 9-4 including a victory in the Liberty Bowl over a pretty good Fresno State and ending up ranked 27th. If I add that up correctly, that's a combined record of 30-7 and three bowl victories among the three nonconference foes. I doubt you will find anything close to that if you check the records of the teams that the other conference schools played, and if you look at Oklahoma's schedule for the upcoming season, you will find both Washington and Oregon at Eugene on the schedule. For the same reason, Oklahoma is also the only school in the Big 12 who has not scheduled a Division 1AA opponent since the conference was formed ten years ago. This past year, Texas Tech played two Div. 1AA teams while A&M, Baylor,Iowa State, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma State all played one. Even most of the schools that didn't have a Division 1AA school on their schedule (Texas, KSU, and Missouri) played some pretty weak sisters from some of the weakest Divison 1A conferences in the country. Colorado would be an exception since it did go to Miami early in the year and also played a pretty good Colorado State team. Before the season started, Mack Brown wasn't too keen on Texas having to play Ohio State in Columbus, but it was that game and its results that finally got his team to the national championship game in January. Take away the Ohio State game and replace it on the schedule with another Rice or Louisana at Lafayette (Texas other two non conference opponents) and Texas would never have played in the national championship game if some of the other undefeated teams such as Penn State, with tougher schedules, hadn't faltered at the end of the season. Most coaches in the conference now seems to think they need to be undefeated going in to conference play to ensure they will make it to a bowl game, even if they can't win half their conference games, and are scheduling non conference games with teams that aren't competitive and not worth the price of a ticket to go see. I have season tickets to A&M games myself, and am finding it hard to get real excited about our opening game this year with the Citadel (div.1AA)followed by Louisiana@ Lafayette, Army and Louisana Tech. For the kind of money we're having to donate just to be able to buy a decent seat, I would rather see a good game and know we have either beaten or been beaten by a good team. Heck, maybe I ought to become a Sooner fan. It's 50 miles closer and..and......Nah! Once an Aggie, always an Aggie. And we do have Miami on our schedule the next two years home and home, and to be fair to Fran, we were supposed to play Florida State this year until they backed out of the contract last fall and we had to replace them with Texas State. Guess we could have been 4-7.

Anonymous said...

Scrogdog needs to get out of the house for awhile.

Anonymous said...

Oklahoma is not known for scheduling lightweights. Alabama, UCLA, TCU among recent non conference games. The lightweights are in their own conference.