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But this decision won't have much impact on the best.
Instead of playing Idaho State and South Dakota State, we'll be playing teams like ULL or New Mexico State more. Not games that are going to 'improve' us or improve the national perspective of the Big 10.
Those games that Minnesota and Indiana played will only become more frequent.
As for Purdue or Illinois needing to go on the road against other AQ teams.....that's precisely my point. The lower teams are going to be hurt by this.
You don't make decisions for your worst. You make decisions for the overall good. This move does no good.
It will have practically no impact on the big boys. It will hurt the lower end schools. You will end up with a net loss.
Eventually you will have teams miss bowl games because they lost a game where they may have otherwise won against a FCS team. In a world where perception matters, you can't afford that while the SEC and Pac 12 continue to increase the gap between them and you. There's a reason why the Big 10 is considered significantly behind them on the playing field.
This decision doesn't do anything to remedy that situation.
I'm still waiting for someone to provide a tangible benefit outside of personal preference for eliminating FCS teams from scheduling.
Coupled with going to the 9 or 10 game conference season...it makes a huge obstacle to deal with. Teams want 7 home games for revenue purposes. That's not going to be possible for everyone. It hurts your leverage with other FBS schools in scheduling too because they know you have to pay for the game. Either that...or some teams become the meat that take the paid game.
I understand why you don't want to watch the Big 10 play FCS teams. That doesn't mean its a smart decision to do away with. If the NCAA wants to get rid of them in general, it's a whole other story. Then everyone is on a level playing field again. Forcing your hand on this, makes things more difficult on yourself. And for a conference that is already struggling on the field, that's not the best decision.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by nustudent 17 months ago
That is all your response is about is fear.
Fear of not getting it done. Fear of not getting enough teams into bowl games (just like the B1G hasn't done in the our first 2 years in the conference.).
Nah. Let us just try to do what everybody else is doing. We'll keep banging our head against the wall and at some point in time we'll break through, right?
The B1G has to change. Period. Time to take an aggressive step forward and separate our conference from everybody else.
Maybe we should just keep doing what has always been done and we'll have another bowl run of 27-47 over the next decade including a single Rose Bowl win in the next 13 years.
Why do what everybody else is doing? Separate yourself from the competition.
This isn't going to seperate us though in a good way.
This is isn't a positive thing.
My response isn't about fear. It's about not making things more difficult and harder on yourself. Why do you put yourself in a position to back you into a corner scheduling wise? Why do you put yourself in a position where you are going to have no leverage in negotiating payouts on games? Why do you put yourself in a position to upgrade your OOC schedule, when you already struggle as is? Why do you put yourself in a position where you may not even be able to get your 7th home game of the year which is so vital for revenue?
Sending Purdue or Illinois on the road for another road game isn't going to strengthen the conference.
You keep saying we should do something that seperates us....how does this benefit us in a positive manner? Give me something tangible. Not just something hopeful and speculative.
You can be innovative and set yourself apart...but do it in a way that benefits you.
You keep mentioning doing something to set yourself apart. Outside of just hopeful and wishful thinking, how does this do it.
Doing something different just for the sake of doing it, doesn't necessarily set you apart.
This post has been edited 4 times, most recently by nustudent 17 months ago
What do you suggest the B1G to do to make them more competitive. I'm all ears.
Recruiting answer coming shortly.
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It is easier to criticize and never bring up how to make things better while sitting on the sidelines.
Easier to rip things apart as opposed to thinking how to make things better.
Everyone is a critic. Few have solutions.
Don't expect you or others to like Urban...but his comments last week were spot on. The conference itself needs to recruit better. Better players make you better.
I think Urb will actually be a good thing for the conference. OSU will be elite, which will help the conference's perception. It will motivate the rest to step it up. He knows what it takes to win in this age of college football and he's done it at various stops and various levels of division 1 football. I think it is important the conference heeds his advice a bit here.
I do think the conference has taken a small step in the right direction with OSU and Michigan and to a lesser extent us the last two years. The conference needs to those 2 and another to be elite. Teams like us, MSU, Wisky and Penn State after sanctions need to step up the game.
Things like the new recruiting rules. They are a terrible thing...but they are coming. Don't complain about them. Be innovative with them. The Big 10 is the richest league there is....you have the assets to do something innovative here. Don't let the SEC move first. Right now...Saban, Bama and the rest of the SEC are playing chess in the recruiting game while the majority of the Big 10 is playing checkers.
When it comes to scheduling, you move your schedule to mirror what the SEC does. They have been on top the last 7-8 years for a reason and they aren't going away anytime soon. Move a conference game into September so it gives teams that lose a chance to play their way back to an at-large status. Move a OOC game into late October or November like the SEC does so you don't spend 8-9 straight weeks of beating up on each other and feasting on your own.
Change for the sake of change doesn't make you better though either.
Hasn't the Big 10 tried to set themselves apart with stricter oversigning rules and the 4-year scholarship thing? How has that worked out for them?
Still waiting for you to provide a reason why this is good outside of your own personnel preference.
What do suggest the B1G do to make themselves a better conference?
Instead of tearing everything down and being the critic, what do you suggest they do to make things better?
Obviously if you have an opinion of how everything they have done lately as being wrong, you have an opinion of how to make things right...., right?
If there is one thing I despise the most, it is the constant critic/complainer who never offers up any solutions to resolve the problems they so rightuflly feel they can complain about.
I've given an opinion.
The best thing the Big 10 can do to make themselves is a better conference is to win football games.
This move does not help in that area.
The Big 10 needs to become better on the field to improve the conference. The most direct way to do that is to bring in better talent. New recruiting rules are out there that is going to allow teams to be innovative in how they recruit and identify talent. Instead of complaining about (no matter how bad the rules may be) focus on being one step ahead of them so you can close that gap on the SEC.
As I pointed out above...the Big 10 tried to set themselves apart by having a stricter set of oversigning rules. It tried to set itself apart by offering 4-year scholarships instead of 1-year. Those moves haven't had a beneficial impact. Doing something different for the sake of doing it, isn't always the right decision. If your goal is to
Scheduling harder is not going to make the Big 10 a better conference. Winning football games will.
This post was edited by nustudent 17 months ago
So the B1G needs to win more and recruit better.
Sounds easy. I guess Nebraska and all the rest of the B1G teams will just go out and do that. They obviously haven't tried that before, so it should be something new for them to take upon their plate to make themselves better.
Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way... turn.
And again...you skate around the issue,
How does this make the Big 10 better?
It's funny how you are quick to criticize my points, yet you can provide none of your own for the move.
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