NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > OOC scheduling guidlines
November 26, 2008, 02:28 AM
I posted this in another thread originally. But I wasn't looking for feedback, rather just commenting as to the strength of schedule component in regards to a teams overall ranking. I'm not sold on a playoff system, mostly because I haven't heard one that does not either devalue the regular season or lacks a good seeding system.

I do however think the biggest problem with the way teams are ranked is scheduling. This is what I propose:

Each BCS team plays 3 - 4 OOC games per year. In Basketball they play interconference challenges in their schedule. I know that they have many more games to make up for a loss OOC, but they also give much more credit to those games being on the schedule. I'm not saying every BCS team to schedule only BCS OOC. But rather each conference be required to play 2 BCS teams OOC and the games would be scheduled by conference. Meaning SEC vs PAC 10 and Big 12, PAC 10 vs SEC and BIG East, Big East vs Pac 10 and ACC etc.. The schedule would rotate on a yearly basis so over a 5 year period each conference would have been matched to the others once during the period.

As with the BCS now, a nonBCS conference could petition to be included in the BCS mix and the conference with the lowest winning percentage over the 5 year period would be removed.

This would eleviate the strength of schedule debate, given the common opposition componet. There would still be 2 OOC games left to schedule based on geographical proximity or traditional rivalries. This would also mean that non BCS conference victories over BCS schools would have a better referance when you could compare that victory to how well the losing BCS school did vs another BCS conference. I know it will never happen, but it would be nice.

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