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me

I doubt this would be a decent matchup. UT would embarrass UW

Todd

I think it would be good if these "BCS" teams would have one major high profile match-up per year. They could avoid doing the home and home and just play at a large venue neutral site. Split the revenues, including the pay out from ESPN or ABC or whoever, and recoup some of the loss from not having a home game.

nixa37

There's no one to blame but the media. If they hadn't been so insistent that the BCS was broken when the teams they ranked #1 and #2 didn't end up #1 and #2 in the BCS. Under the system where polls, SOS, computer rankings, and quality wins mattered there was a huge incentive to schedule big time OOC matchups. Now that its 2/3 polls and 1/3 computers, its more important to limit your number of losses as opposed to trying to build up the best resume.

JW

Jay,

As always, the site looks terrific. As you know, ESPN has been brokering such games for at least half a decade (and has often used subtle "suggestions", such as a school's related appearances on air for college hoops, to get their way...see: canceled Villanova at Auburn game a few years back).
Still, ESPN's avarice is our good fortune. And, looking out to '09, this is the least appetizing slate of non-conference games I've seen in years.

typemike

Wiz, what we are seeing is the inevitable result of the BCS conspiracy, with massive payouts going to the select BCS conferences, and the teams in the non-BCS conferences trying to make do with less - with the exception of a handful of non-BCS perennial contending teams like Boise, Utah... I think the reason why the 2009 non-conference schedule looks so awful is because non-BCS conferences, as a whole, are declining in competitiveness vs. BCS teams.

WTS

It should be noted that Texas was slated to play Arkansas and Utah this year, dramatically increasing Texas' OOC SOS. Both teams backed out of these '09 matchups in recent years.

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