I heard coach Rod mention that he would like to have bye weeks in the press conference. After looking at our schedule I discovered that we do not have any bye weeks this year.
My main question is why do we end our season much earlier than other teams. Living in California I always wondered why the USC season is much longer than our. Is this some kind of guideline set by the big10? We start our season 9/5 and end 11/21, on the other hand USC starts 9/5 and ends 12/5. They have two bye weeks throughout their season.
An advantage to our scheduling might be more time to heal and prep for bowl games. This might be a non-factor because bowl games wont be announced until all teams have finished up. A disadvantage might be slipping in polls because of inactivity.
I'm sure reworking our schedule to get more bye weeks might screw things up with "The Game." Would you rather have more bye weeks or have more prep time for bowl games.