Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Yesterday on the BarkBoard I posted a topic on scheduling and how Fresno State is affected by their own scheduling each season. I used Boise State as my example of how a team should schedule and as I expected most Fresno State fans were not happy with what I had to say. However, I feel as if Fresno State fans are ignoring the results of the scheduling that Boise and Fresno have attempted over the past three years. While Fresno State has played teams such as USC, Oregon, and Virginia they have very little to show for it aside a bowl victory over the Cavaliers in 2004. Boise on the other hand while playing a paltry schedule has been the team with the more desirable results. Boise's last three bowl opponents have been TCU (ranked in the top 25 at the time), Lousiville (ranked in the top ten at the time), and Boston College (ranked in the top 25 at the time). Quick, how many of Fresno State's bowl opponents over the last seven years have been ranked at the time they played? If you answered one you are correct. So Fresno State who has the mighty schedule and the mentality that they will play anyone anywhere in the end is the one that ends up on the short end of the stick. I do not possibly understand how any Fresno State fan could see our respect level as being better than that of Boise's with these type of results.
If our goal is to play in a great bowl game against a BCS opponent then why do we not schedule as Boise does? Boise is going to play in a BCS game this season, mark my words. They will be the only undefeated mid-major and with that they will carry votes to get into the top 12 in the nation. Each week after they rip another opponent a new one they will move up one or two spots. Boise right now sits in the 19-20 range. if they win their final seven games and move up 1-2 spots a week they will be in the top 12 when the season is over. However, remember the loophole rule that the NCAA made to give mid-majors a better chance at a BCS game. If Boise finished 14th in the rankings but no team from a conference such as the ACC finishes higher then Boise is in. With the way the ACC has performed up to this point I would not be surprised to see Boise finish higher than that entire conference. With that being said Boise would then most likely play a team such as Texas in the Fiesta Bowl. But wait a minute, Boise gets no respect and never plays anyone, until it matters that is.
The problem I am having here is understanding the Fresno State fans point of view on scheduling. It makes absolutely no sense to me why you would want as fans to continue scheduling teams we have a great chance of losing to. Yes I understand that if we win the game we all of the sudden become a headliner for college football again. However, look at it from this point of view. Say for the next three years Fresno State dumbs down it's schedule. Say the Bulldogs in turn go 11-1 for two years, and the third year go 12-0. In the first two years they play top 25 teams in bowl games and the third year they play in a BCS game. Are you telling me because we didn't play as tough a schedule you as Fresno State fans would not appreciate a BCS game in that third year? Are you saying as Fresno State fans you will not accept all of the money and accolades that comes with a BCS game?
What should be remembered here is if we do concentrate on scheduling big game non-conference opponents we are continuing to forget about the conference we play in. The WAC should be the first goal, win the conference and the move on to the bigger and better things college football has to offer. No my opinion is not always correct, it is just my opinion and nothing more. I feel like if we would have skipped the LSU game this year and played a lesser opponent then our season wouldn't be looking so terrible right now. However, we took the LSU game and there is a real possibility that this team could be 2-6 after eight games. Is that really what you as Fresno State fans want to see? I know I don't and I am tired of playing these schools that offer nothing but a big loss for us. Schedule to fit the talent of the team, don't schedule without thinking about how it will affect the team. It is this unwillingness to look at what is best for the Fresno State football team as a whole that has started this downward spiral the Dogs are currently in.