Over the past couple of months, college football talk has mostly been about realignment. However, it has so many updates that it is difficult to post something timely. Therefore, this post is only going take the macro approach, and discuss it in a general sense. We all know that the primary reason for college realignment is about money; trying to chase after more dollars. This post is not about that either. The secondary reason, for most teams, is about getting a stronger strength of schedule, so they can be ranked higher in the polls, and have a better chance of competing for national championships. This is about steps teams can take to improve their strength of schedule.
Step 1: Win as many games as possible
I know many of you reading this might say "Duh!" Having an undefeated season is no guarantee that you will play for the national championship in college football. Just ask Boise State. Teams need other ways to have a stronger schedule.
Step 2: Have all your opponents win as many games as possible
The teams that you play against needs to wins as many games as possible; except when the play against you (see step 1). What is the ultimate undefeated season? If your team go 12- 0 and every team that you play against end their season at 11-1. The only game that all your opponents lost was to you. A season like that is highly unrealistic. It is impossible if your team play within a conference. Teams within a conference play one another throughout the season. Conference teams needs to move to step 3.
Step 3: Have all conference opponents win all their non-conference games
If your team completes step 1 and all the teams within your conference win all their non-conference games, then your team is an undefeated team within the toughest conference in the country. This is the best a team within a conference can do.
Bottom line: Quality over quantity
To have a strong schedule you need to play quality opponents. Adding more teams to your conference does not guarantee a stronger conference. The odds are greater, that a mega conference will create a watered down conference. If your team is within a watered down conference, then your team will play a watered down conference schedule. That will be the exact opposite of what your team set out accomplish.