Am I right -- the ONLY victory by our 11 teams (or even 12, if you wanna throw them in) in the preseason over a RANKED opponent was tOSU over Miami (THAT miami). B10 didn't even play any many other games against currently ranked teams, other than Iowa's loss to Arizona, PSU's getting blown out by the Sabanites, and Minnie hosting the Kiffinites. (Somewhat its caused by teams on scheds not being good this year -- Missou, ND.)
Still, THIS SUCKS. So many reasons to hate cupcake schedules. League doesn't get creds or love nationally by playing cupcakes. Fans deprived of good games. Who wants to see four scrimmages. Doesn't prepare teams well enough for B10 games (although -- maybe we are all equally unprepared).
The main culprit, as I hear in the press, is that the ADs don't want to give up their millions of $$$ from home games. Even giving up ONE home game can cost a few million $.
I CALL B()!_!_$%!T on that. B10 teams get way, way more revenue annually from football than just abuot anyone else. Yet lots of other big-name teams can do away games (USC, LSU, Va Tech, immediately come to mind), their annual intake has to be less than most B10 teams.
To me, UM screaming that we can't afford to lose home games is like a rich CEO saying he can't afford to give up his bonus check. I mean, if our athletic budgets are bloated to depend on a cupcake meaningless 7th or 8th home game, then, the solution isn't to keep the cupcake and give up a home n home w/ Georgia or Tennessee... the solution is to cut the damn budget, because, it seems no on else is spending like that.
Just ranting. Very happy to see we're adding Bama in 2012, but that's just one game. Entire league needs to aggressive put good teams on preseason schedules.
Discuss amongst yourselves....