The ACC has announced that whenever Syracuse & Pitt join the league the schedule will go to 9 conference games (3 non-conference). The Big-12 and Pac-12 already have this format, and the SEC may look at it as well (though the 2012 season will remain at 8 conference games).
Conventional wisdom says if you want to have a big-time football program you need 7 home games... but is that really true?
It turns out that depends on several things, like
- do you always sell out no matter who you are playing?
- is there a big disparity in single-game ticket prices you can charge?
- how much does it cost to get a visiting team without a return trip?
Based on data published by the Clemson Tigers football program it appears that they are better off financially by scheduling a big-name BCS opponent (for which they can charge top dollar for tickets) as opposed to 2 non-BCS opponents. Fewer home games, but more total money.
The fans will probably love it - playing a more challenging schedule, that is. No doubt coaches will hate it. But the bottom line is this: if it brings in more money, the administration is probably going to do it. Could this help your team, too?