I’ll preface this post by saying that I realize that college football scheduling is easier said than done. Teams have to balance conference and non-conference schedules with all sorts of logistical, recruiting and monetary concerns. However.
I’m wondering if major teams, at least in the north, ever try to schedule more attractive games late in the season. And by attractive, I mean geographically attractive. Let’s say, a game at Tulane or SDSU or Hawai’i. Or even FIU in late November, as opposed to early season. It doesn’t seem like northern teams do that at all.
Especially, if you’re a team that is/was probation, like Ohio State. In 2012, when the Buckeyes were on a bowl ban, their non-conference schedule consisted of Miami-Ohio, UCF, Cal and UAB. As I said, I know there’s a huge monetary concern here, especially with the big dawg programs. Iif folks like to moan about the kids missing out on a bowl game, then why not create a de-facto bowl game. Take a look at the map below.